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aeronautics

aeronautics  

The branch of aerodynamics concerned with the design, construction, and operation of aircraft and rockets.
Afghanistan War

Afghanistan War  

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(1979–1989)Following a military coup in April 1978, the communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan took power. The party was riven by sectarian disputes and, in December 1979, the Soviet ...
Air Force, U.S.

Air Force, U.S.  

USAF the part of the U.S. armed forces with primary responsibility for air warfare, military space research, and air defense. It also provides air services to other branches of the ...
Air Warfare

Air Warfare  

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Despite having given birth to the airplane in 1903, the United States was slow to explore the military applications of aviation and had effectively no air arm when war broke ...
airborne force

airborne force  

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A force made up of both ground and air combat units, brought together, equipped, and trained to engage in airborne missions.
airborne warfare

airborne warfare  

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The first concept for the use of American airborne troops occurred during World War I in 1918, when Gen. Billy Mitchell proposed a mass drop of paratroopers against German trenches ...
aircraft

aircraft  

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See bombers, fighters, float planes, flying boats, gliders, and helicopters. For carrier aircraft see carriers. See also air power
aircraft carrier

aircraft carrier  

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A large warship equipped to serve as a base for aircraft that can take off from and land on its deck.
airforce

airforce  

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The armed service concerned with attack and defence in the air. Aircraft were first used in World War I to locate targets for artillery on the Western Front, but from 1916 onwards they were developed ...
air-sea rescue

air-sea rescue  

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The equipment and organization used to pick up air crew forced to ‘ditch’ in the sea. The efficiency of this service, for Allied airmen at least, increased as the war ...
Alexander De Seversky

Alexander De Seversky  

(1894–1974) aerospace engineer, born in Georgia, then part of imperial Russia, de Seversky received a military education and served in World War I, losing a leg in combat. He became ...
Algerian War

Algerian War  

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(1954–62)On 1 November 1954, hostilities broke out between the Christian colonists of French descent and Algerian Muslim nationalists who were organized into the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) ...
ambulances

ambulances  

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The transport of sick or wounded forms an important element of the organization of military medicine, and its efficiency directly affects survival rates. An ambulance is effectively any vehicle ...
antisubmarine warfare forces

antisubmarine warfare forces  

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The forces organized primarily to engage in antisubmarine action. Such a force may be composed of surface ships, aircraft, submarines, or some combination of these, along with their supporting ...
armor, Body

armor, Body  

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Warriors have protected their bodies against the weapons of their opponents since the dawn of warfare. Generally, the type of armour worn has been appropriate to the nature of the ...
Army Combat Branches: Armor

Army Combat Branches: Armor  

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The motto of the U.S. Army's armor branch is “The Combat Arm of Decision.” Equipped with tanks and supported by infantry, artillery, helicopters, and air forces, armor units close with and destroy ...
Army Combat Branches: Aviation

Army Combat Branches: Aviation  

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The army aviation combat branch consists of those aircraft so essential to the day‐to‐day operations of ground forces that they are placed under the command and control of a ground ...
Army Combat Branches: Cavalry

Army Combat Branches: Cavalry  

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Starting with the colonial militias, the cavalry has always had an elite status in the American military. Despite its prestige, however, this branch has played a secondary role to the ...
Battle of the Ia Drang Valley

Battle of the Ia Drang Valley  

(November 14–16, 1965) a significant battle of the Vietnam War, it marked strategic changes on the part of both North Vietnam and the United States. For the NVA, it signaled ...
Borneo Campaign

Borneo Campaign  

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(1962–6).When the Federation of Malaysia was created it included the old British protectorates in north Borneo and the surrounding areas. This resulted in protests from Pres Sukarno of Indonesia ...

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