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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.
armored

armored  

Adj.1 (of a military vehicle or ship) covered with a tough metal layer as a defense against attack: armored vehicles.2 (of troops) equipped with such vehicles: the 2nd Armored Division.[...]
armoured warfare

armoured warfare  

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The trade-off between survivability and mobility on the battlefield has been a feature of warfare since the beginning of recorded history: indeed, one can imagine primitive man pondering the merits ...
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 ...
Army, U.S.

Army, U.S.  

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The principal land force of the United States, entrusted with defending the country and preserving peace. The first regulary fighting force was the Continental Army, founded June 14, 1775, to ...
assault gun

assault gun  

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Similar to but not identical in form or function to the self-propelled (SP) gun, the assault gun provides very close support for attacking troops. Over the centuries, field guns have ...
Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy  

(1924–1971), World War II war hero.Audie Murphy was the most highly decorated American soldier of World War II. Diminutive, self‐reliant, and ambitious to escape his hardscrabble Texas origins, ...
Basil H. Liddell Hart

Basil H. Liddell Hart  

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(1895–1970), English military writer and theorist.Liddell Hart, Cambridge‐educated, served as an infantry officer on the western front in World War I (twice wounded) and retired from the army as ...
Battle of Cambrai

Battle of Cambrai  

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The first successful tank battle in history. On 20 November 1915, the new Tank Corps broke the German line with 500 British tanks and captured 10,000 prisoners. The British failed to consolidate ...
Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge  

An unofficial name for the campaign in the Ardennes, December 1944–January 1945, when German forces attempted to break through Allied lines and almost succeeded in doing so.
Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme  

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(July–November 1916)A major battle fought between British and German forces in northern France during World War I. The battle was planned by Joffre and Haig. Before it began the Germans attacked ...
battles of Gaza

battles of Gaza  

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(1917).At the beginning of WW I the Suez Canal, an essential link with India, was the chief cause of Britain's desire to hold Egypt. In February 1915 a small ...
Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg  

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(German, ‘lightning war’)A military tactic employed by the Germans in World War II, which was especially successful in campaigns against Poland, France, Greece, and the Soviet Union. It employed ...
Brig Richard Simpkin

Brig Richard Simpkin  

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(1921–86),British army officer and military thinker, author of several influential works of military history and theory which are similar in theme and bear comparison with the works of Fuller. ...
Careers in the Military

Careers in the Military  

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Since the early 1780s, careers in the American military have been varied and demanding. Over the last 200 years, the requirements of the military to be variously a constabulary, combatant ...
CFE Treaty

CFE Treaty  

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The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) was signed in Paris on 19 November 1990 by the heads of state of the then‐members of NATO and the Warsaw ...
Charles E. Wilson

Charles E. Wilson  

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(1890–1961), industrialist and secretary of defense.Wilson received an engineering degree in 1909 at Carnegie Tech University. A distinguished career in industry led to his appointment as vice ...
Evolution of Weaponry

Evolution of Weaponry  

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Weapons are instruments designed to harm, kill, or otherwise disable other human beings, to destroy other military resources, or to deter an enemy's ability to make war through the actual ...

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