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Japanese American internment

Japanese American internment happened during World War II when the United States government forced about 110.000 Japanese Americans to leave their homes and live in internment camps. These were like prisons. Many of the people who were sent to in ...

                                               

Jasenovac concentration camp

Jasenovac concentration camp was the largest death camp and concentration camp in the Independent State of Croatia during World War II. The camp was created by the Ustase regime in August 1941 and destroyed in April 1945. Most of the people kille ...

                                               

9th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Shortly after the Battle of Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called for 75.000 volunteers. They were to serve for three months. The state of Illinois put out a call to form units. Six companies came from St. Clair County. Madison County sent three ...

                                               

Ambush

An ambush is a long-established military tactic. It is a surprise attack from a hidden position against an enemy. The enemy may be moving or they may have stopped. Ambush uses the element of surprise to confuse the enemy soldiers long enough to b ...

                                               

Battalion

A battalion is a military unit of around 500-1500 men often made up of from two to seven companies and often commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. More than one battalions often make up a regiment or a brigade. A battalion is often the smallest mili ...

                                               

Armed Forces of Belarus

The Armed Forces of Belarus are the Ground Forces and the Belarusian Air Force. All are under the command of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus. Lieutenant general Yurij Viktorovich Zhadobin is the Minister of Defense since Decemb ...

                                               

Campaign

Campaign is trying to do something. Some battles in wars are called campaigns. The word comes from "Campania", a region where the ancient Roman army often fought. When someone in politics seeks election to a political office, that is called a "po ...

                                               

Conscription

Conscription, also called draft, is when a government forces people to join the armed forces. Usually, only men are conscripted, but in Israel, women are as well. A soldier who has been drafted to serve in the army is called a conscript. Conscrip ...

                                               

Drumhead court-martial

A drumhead court-martial is a court-martial that happens on the battlefield to hear important charges of crimes that happened during the battle. The term is said to come from the use of a drumhead as an improvised writing table.

                                               

Egyptian Armed Forces

The Egyptian Armed Forces are the military forces of Egypt. The Egyptian Armed Forces are the largest in Africa, and the Middle East. It was established in 1922. It consists of the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Navy, Egyptian Air Force and Egyptian Air ...

                                               

Camp Funston

Camp Funston was a U.S. Army training camp during World War I located on Fort Riley, southwest of Manhattan, Kansas. American soldiers were there in France in the spring of 1918. Camp Funston was the largest of the 16 camps. The camp was to help ...

                                               

Gefreiter

Gefreiter is a German, Swiss and Austrian military rank. The rank of Gefreiter is usually the second rank or grade to which an enlisted soldier, airman or sailor could be promoted. As a military rank it has existed since the 16th century. From th ...

                                               

Gold Star family

Starting in World War I, the families of US soldiers and sailors often flew flags that had a blue star for each member of the family that was serving in the military. If one of them died in battle, the blue star was changed to a gold star. In Aug ...

                                               

Greek shield

The Greek shield of Ancient Greece was called a hoplon or aspis. It was from this word that hoplite is derived. A hoplon was a deeply-dished shield made of wood. Some shields had a thin sheet of bronze on the outer face. This was placed just arou ...

                                               

Household Cavalry

The British Household Cavalry, is an army corps of two regiments of soldiers. Cavalry regiments, until the end of World War I, were always "mounted" on horses. Nowadays cavalry regiments are mounted on tanks. The British Household Cavalry is unus ...

                                               

Insignia

For the electronics brand-name of the same name, see Best Buy For the Cruise Ship Insignia see Oceania Cruises For the Band Insignium see Insignium Insignia is a symbol or token of personal power, status or office, or of an official body of gover ...

                                               

Invasion

Invasion is a word that comes from Latin. Originally, it meant that something goes in of a foreign territory. So far, the following uses are known: Military: Getting troops to take control of enemy territory. Often a state invades another to star ...

                                               

Mercenary

Mercenaries are soldiers who fight mainly for money, rather than for their country for their political beliefs. Mercenaries are a very old phenomenon. They are mentioned in the Old Testament, and King David had a bodyguard of Cretan and Philistin ...

                                               

Militarism

Militarism or militarist ideology is a view on society. It says society should be like the military. This means that society should follow concepts that can be found in the culture, system and people of the military. People that say militarism is ...

                                               

Militarization

Militarization is the general movement of a country to focus its production on war. This includes production of war machines such as tanks and aircraft as well as arms for infantry. There is a focus of the population to produce these goods. An ex ...

                                               

Military alliance

Medic Wars Hellenic League - Athens, Lacedemonia, Macedon, others League of Delos - Athens, Chios, Samos, Lesbos, others Peloponnesian League - Lacedemonia, Corinth, Elis, others Peloponnesian War Auld Alliance - Scotland, Norway, France Wars of ...

                                               

Military diving

Military diving is underwater diving done by members of armed forces for military purposes. Any method of diving may be used. It is the military purpose that makes it military diving. Military diving for offensive purposes is usually done using r ...

                                               

Military science

The general purpose of the military science is to make clear how to win war. The historical root of the military science is the book that was written by Carl von Clausewitz who was a soldier in the Prussian army in the 19th century. In this book, ...

                                               

Military service

Many countries have armed forces, which they usually call military. Some people in these forces are soldiers, and they have a special education as a soldier. In many cases, the military is not only made of such people, but the country also requir ...

                                               

Military taxonomy

Military taxonomy is an indexing tool or record-keeping template. It includes weapons, equipment, organizations, strategies, and tactics. Military taxonomy can be used to analyze field missions and other activities. For example, a taxonomy of ter ...

                                               

Militia

A militia is a group of people not in the military who do many things that the military does. This includes collecting weapons, training soldiers, defending people or land, policing an area. Militias are often made up of veterans who were once in ...

                                               

Naval ship

Coastal defense – ships whose primary function is coastal patrol and interdiction. Patrol combatant – combatants whose mission may extend beyond coastal duties and whose characteristics include adequate endurance and sea keeping providing a capab ...

                                               

Paramilitary

Paramilitary is a way to describe forces that are organised like military forces, but not part of the Armed Forces. Examples for such forces would be police forces guarding the borders of a country. There are paramilitary groups that are run by a ...

                                               

Paratrooper

Paratroopers are soldiers trained in parachuting and generally operate as part of an airborne force. Using paratroopers is called paradrop operations.

                                               

Quds Force

The Quds Force is a military unit in Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The purpose of this is to provide the countrys law enforcement. It was founded by Qasem Soleimani, in 1988. Prior to becoming an independent military unit, the Quds For ...

                                               

The Rats of Tobruk

The Rats of Tobruk was the name given to the soldiers who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps, during the Siege of Tobruk in World War II. The siege started on 10 April 1941. It was relieved at the end of November. Australian ...

                                               

Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance, sometimes called scouting, is the act of exploring to gain military information. Often referred to as recce or recon, the associated formal verb is reconnoitre or reconnoiter. In informal English, both recce and recon are often al ...

                                               

Reserve Officers Training Corps

Reserve Officers Training Corps is a type of military officer commissioning program, mostly in the United States. It is designed as a subject that students can choose to take at college. It focuses on leadership development, problem solving, stra ...

                                               

Sniper

A sniper is a person who is trained to shoot perfectly at things that are very small or very far away. The snipers target is usually an enemy. Many military snipers get special training to use a sniper rifle, a special type of gun. Most sniper ri ...

                                               

Sniper team

A sniper team is made up of one or more snipers and support personnel such as a spotter. Members can sometimes fulfill several roles. The spotter helps to closely observe the targets and their surroundings. The sniper fires the shots. Sometimes t ...

                                               

Special forces

Special forces, or special operations forces are military units used to trained to perform unconventional, difficult, often high-risk missions. They are highly-trained and are the most valuable units in the world. Because of the hard training and ...

                                               

Special Forces Command

The Maroon Berets are a highly trained elite special operations armed force unit that was created by officers from the Turkish Army. They are also called "Bordo Bereliler". Their priority is to eliminate terrorists, attackers and foreign military ...

                                               

Supply line

A supply line is a large line of military supply vehicles, usually in convoy format. The line is useful for transporting needed supplies to the front line. Without the supply line, a deployed army far from home would not be able to fight for long ...

                                               

SWAT team

A SWAT team is a group of highly trained police officers who deal with very dangerous criminals. SWAT is an acronym that means S pecial W eapons A nd T actics. SWAT officers carry weapons of higher caliber than most police officers do, such as ma ...

                                               

V-2

The V-2 rocket was the worlds first ballistic missile and first human object to fly in space. All modern rockets are based on the V2 design. The first successful launch was from Peenemunde on 3 October, 1942, reaching a height of 192 km. The V2 w ...

                                               

Allies of World War II

The Allied Powers were a group of nations that fought against the Axis countries in World War II. They were successful in defeating the Axis nations. The war ended in 1945. The group of nations was later named the United Nations by U.S. President ...

                                               

Axis countries

Axis countries and Axis Powers are the names for some countries that fought together against the Allies during World War II. The war ended in 1945 with the Axis powers losing and their alliances broken.

                                               

Central Powers

The Central Powers were a group of nations fighting against the Allied Powers during World War I. The members included Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria and their territories. In 1918 the breakaway republics of Azerbaijan, Fi ...

                                               

Western European Union

The Western European Union was a European defence and security organization. It was set up by Treaty of Brussels of 1948, West Germany and Italy joined in 1954. It should not be confused with the European Union. The WEU headquarters were in Bruss ...

                                               

Andersonville National Historic Site

The Andersonville National Historic Site is the site of the American Civil War prisoner of war Camp Sumter. Andersonville was a Confederate prisoner-of-war-camp during the last 12 months of the Civil War. The site is near Andersonville, Georgia. ...

                                               

Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Auguste Chevalier was a French actor and cabaret singer. He was born in Paris. He was perhaps best known for his songs, including "Louise", "Mimi", "Valentine", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his movies, including The Love Pa ...

                                               

Michael Collins (Irish leader)

Michael Mick Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader. He was a Minister for Finance and Teachta Dala for Cork South in the First Dail of 1919. He was also the Director of Intelligence for the IRA, and member of the Irish delegation during the A ...

                                               

Bud Day

George Everette "Bud" Day was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a prisoner of war, and recipient of the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. As of 2016, he is the o ...

                                               

Edward Dunlop

Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE was an Australian surgeon. He was known for his leadership while being held as a Prisoner of war by the Japanese during World War II.

                                               

Guantanamo Bay detention camp

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a United States military prison in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on the coast of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The prison is said to be breaking international human rights laws, as prisoners have been held without trial ...