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amphibious Operations

amphibious Operations  

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An attack launched from the sea by naval and landing forces, embarked in ships or craft involving a landing on a hostile or potentially hostile shore. An amphibious operation involves five phases: ...
amphibious Ships and Landing Craft

amphibious Ships and Landing Craft  

Ships designed to carry, land, and support assault forces and capable of being loaded or unloaded in the objective area by Navy personnel without external assistance.
antitank weapon

antitank weapon  

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Any weapon designed to destroy a tank. These may include guns of various sizes, guided missiles, rockets and their delivery systems, grenades, mines, and other obstacle systems.
Anvil, Operation

Anvil, Operation  

Also known as Operation Dragoon (August 15– September 1944) the code name for the Allied landing on the French Riviera in World War II. It was originally intended to prevent ...
Ardennes campaign

Ardennes campaign  

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(also called Battle of the Bulge) (16–26 December 1944) The last serious German counter offensive against Allied armies advancing into Germany in World War II (Normandy Campaign). It resulted from a ...
Army Corps of Engineers

Army Corps of Engineers  

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USACE an organization of the U.S. Army, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with approximately 34,600 civilian and 650 military men and women, responsible for providing responsive engineering ...
Army Rangers

Army Rangers  

Small groups of soldiers trained to make surprise raids behind enemy lines. Although units called “Rangers” were operating in the U.S. West as early as 1670, and the Rangers commanded ...
Arnhem

Arnhem  

A town in the eastern Netherlands, situated on the River Rhine. During the Second World War, in September 1944, Allied airborne troops made a landing nearby but were overwhelmed by German forces (see ...
Atlantic Wall

Atlantic Wall  

Name given by Adolf Hitler to the series of German-built fortifications stretching some 1,670 miles along the Atlantic coast of Europe from the Netherlands to Spain. The wall was a ...
Battle of Falaise Gap

Battle of Falaise Gap  

A fierce World War II battle (August 13–25, 1944) near Falaise and Argentan, in France, in which U.S., Canadian, and Polish forces attempted to cut off the escape route of ...
Battle of St. Lô

Battle of St. Lô  

An important battle following the D-Day Landing and leading up to the liberation of France, on July 25, 1944. Unable to make progress across the German lines, the Allies coordinated ...
Bernard Law Montgomery

Bernard Law Montgomery  

(1887–1976) British field marshal and Allied commander during World War II, known as Monty. Montgomery first gained fame in 1942 with his defeat of the forces of Erwin Rommel at ...
bocage

bocage  

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Is the belt of higher ground that runs across the base of the Cherbourg peninsula in western France. During the early phase of the Normandy campaign its topography of steep ...
Cairo Conference

Cairo Conference  

(22–26 November 1943)A World War II meeting, attended by Roosevelt, Churchill, and Chiang Kai-shek, to decide on post-war policy for the Far East. Unconditional surrender by Japan was its ...
caisson

caisson  

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A box for carrying ammunition, mounted on two or four wheels and joined to an artillery limber. In Napoleonic times, most armies adopted the Gribeauval system of standardized carriages with ...
CANLOAN

CANLOAN  

In the fall of 1943 the Canadian army arranged to loan a surplus of its officers to the British army, then desperately short of junior infantry officers. Initially some 2,000 ...
D-Day

D-Day  

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1 see D-Day Landing.2 the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect.from D for 'day' + day.
deception

deception  

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N.those measures designed to mislead the enemy by manipulation, distortion, or falsification of evidence.
demolition

demolition  

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N. the destruction of structures, facilities, or material by use of fire, water, explosives, or mechanical or other means.
Dieppe raid

Dieppe raid  

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An unsuccessful amphibious raid on Dieppe, a channel port in northern France, made in August 1942 by a joint force of British and Canadian troops to destroy the German-held port and airfield. The ...

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