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S.A.S.

The S.A.S. or Special Air Service, is a Special Operations Organisation of the British Army. It was founded in 1941 to attack behind the German line of defence in North Africa, in World War II. They are one of the best schooled units in the world ...

Spetsnaz

Spetsnaz is an umbrella term for special forces in Russian language and is used in numerous post-Soviet states. Historically, the term meant a special operations units controlled by the main military intelligence service GRU Spetsnaz GRU. It also ...

Military tactics

Military tactics (Greek: Taktikē are the art of organizing an army and the techniques for using weapons or military units to fight an enemy in battle. Tactics are distinct from strategy, which concerns a longer time scale. They have changed over ...

Attrition warfare

A war of attrition is a military strategy in which one side tries to cause so many losses of soldiers and so much destruction of military equipment that it wears down the enemy forces until they collapse. The side with more resources is the side ...

Envelopment

Envelopment is the military tactic of attacking the enemys flank or rear. This is done while keeping the enemys attention focused on his front by the use of diversionary attacks. The envelopment makes the enemy fight in a direction they are the l ...

Feigned retreat

A feigned retreat is a military tactic where a force will pretend to be defeated, fake a retreat, then while they are being pursued, turn and ambush the enemy. It can be used to cause confusion in the enemy ranks or to force some to leave and wea ...

Flanking maneuver

In military tactics, a flanking maneuver, is an attack on the sides or rear of an opposing force. If a flanking maneuver succeeds, the opposing force would be surrounded or have to fight from two or more directions. This reduces the ability of th ...

Oblique order

The oblique order, also called the oblique attack is a military tactic to bring a larger force against one of the enemys flanks. At the same time the remainder of the force is used to distract and keep the enemy line in place. This is a good tact ...

Pincer movement

The pincer movement, or double envelopment, is a tactic in which forces attack both flanks of an enemy formation at the same time. The pincer movement can be used when opposing forces advance towards the center of an army. That army responds by m ...

Preemptive war

A preemptive war is one in which a country takes military action against another country or group that poses a real threat of waging a war against them. The purpose is to stop the threat before the country or group has a chance to strike. This is ...

Rearguard

A rearguard is a part of a military force that protects the main force from attack from the rear. This is either during an advance or withdrawal. The term can also be used to describe forces protecting lines of communication behind an army. In mo ...

Shock tactics

Shock tactics are those military tactics designed to overwhelm an enemy with fear, causing panic and confusion. Shock tactics are as old as warfare itself. The Mongols got their reputation for being invincible by the use of shock tactics. Numbers ...

Turning movement

A turning movement, also called a wide envelopment is a maneuver designed to pass around the enemys front to strike a vital part of the enemys rear. It is a military tactic where a command is divided into two parts. The first part holds the enemy ...

Blockhouse

In military science, a blockhouse is a small fortification. It usually has one or more rooms with loopholes, allowing its defenders to fire rifles or handguns in various directions. It usually refers to an isolated fort in the form of a single bu ...

Casualty (person)

A casualty in military usage is a person in military service, who becomes unavailable for duty due to death or injury. It also includes illness, capture, desertion, etc., or a civilian casualty. In civilian usage the word "casualty" is properly u ...

Company (military unit)

A company is a military unit which usually has from 80 to 250 soldiers. A company is usually led by a captain or a major. Most companies are made up of from three to six platoons, although the exact number may vary by country. Several companies a ...

Corps

A corps is a military unit usually made up of two or more divisions. In the United States Army, a corps is the largest tactical unit that can plan and carry out its own missions. The term can also be applied to a military unit with a specific fun ...

Counterattack

A counterattack is a tactic used in response to an attack. The modern term became popular in "war games". The purpose is to neutralize or stop the advantage gained by an enemy during an attack. At the same time it is used to regain lost ground or ...

Decisive victory

The term decisive victory refers to a military victory that decides a matter or a conflict. A decisive victory has to result in a positive outcome for the victor and create a condition of peace between the two warring states. By comparison, an in ...

Defence in depth

Defense in depth is a military strategy. It is a delaying tactic intended to slow down the advance of an enemy instead of stopping them. The tactic buys time by yielding to the enemy slowly. It usually causes additional casualties. A defense in d ...

Demonstration (military)

In military terminology, a demonstration is an attack or show of force on a battlefield designed to trick or mislead an enemy. Unlike a feint, a demonstration does not make contact with the enemy. It is usually used as a supporting attack intende ...

Joint Direct Attack Munition

The Joint Direct Attack Munition is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs" into all-weather "smart" bombs. JDAM-equipped bombs are guided by an inertial guidance system connected to a Global Positioning System receiver. This ...

Line (formation)

The line formation is a standard tactical formation which was used by infantry in early modern warfare. It continued the phalanx formation or shield wall of infantry armed with polearms in use during antiquity and the Middle Ages. The line format ...

Military intelligence

Military intelligence is information about an enemy or possible enemy. It is information that has first been interpreted and evaluated. It can include the terrain, the weather, and any other information about a theater of operations. Military int ...

Military terminology

Military terminology is the words and acronyms used by military organization and members of various militaries. Military terms may have the same spelling as common words but mean something very different. Common terms may also differ between mili ...

Offensive (military)

An offensive is an aggressive military operation usually aimed at an enemy force. It is also called an attack, an advance or an invasion. An offensive can be conducted on land, at sea or in the air. A common goal of an offensive is to engage the ...

Regular army

Most countries have armed forces, which are usually called regular army. Very often, the constitution of a country talks about this army. This is different from rebel groups or militia, who may also train forces. The regular army is a official ar ...

Salients, re-entrants and pockets

A salient is a battlefield feature that projects into enemy territory. The salient is surrounded by the enemy on three sides. This makes the troops occupying the salient vulnerable to attack. The enemys line facing a salient is referred to as a r ...

Skirmisher

A Skirmisher is a soldier usually sent ahead of a main body of troops to harass the enemy. Groups of skirmishers may also be placed on the flanks to prevent a surprise attack or flanking maneuver. A skirmish is a term first used in the 14th centu ...

Strongpoint

A strongpoint is a key point in a defensive fighting position which the rest of the positions rely on. Its primary requirement is that it should not be easy to defeat by the enemy. In general, high ground is preferred. But any good tactically imp ...

Supply depot

A Supply depot is a type of military installation used to store military supplies. They are usually near the front lines so they can provide supplies to their military units. Supply depots store and distribute the equipment and supplies a militar ...

Vanguard

A vanguard is a group of people who lead a movement. It comes from two old French words, avant and garde. In military terms, a vanguard is a group of soldiers who scout ahead to protect an army from surprise attacks.

Veteran

A veteran is a person who has a long experience in something. The term is most often used to describe people who were in the armed forces, especially those who had to fight in a war.

Withdrawal (military)

A military withdrawal or retreat is a type of military operation. It generally means pulling back forces while maintaining contact with the enemy. There are several reasons why a military force would retreat. A force might pull back to occupy gro ...

101st Airborne Division

The 101st Airborne Division is an infantry division in the United States Army. It was called an "airborne" division because, as a paratrooper unit, it used airplanes to go into battle. It is most famous its defense of Bastogne at the Battle of th ...

120th Infantry Regiment (United States)

The 120th Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment of the United States Army National Guard. The unit is a part of the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the North Carolina Army National Guard. Currently, 1st Battalion is the only active battalio ...

5.45 x 39mm

The 5.45 x 39mm cartridge is the main bullet made for short- and medium-range guns for the later Soviet and Russian militaries. It is used for guns like the AK-74, the RPK-74, the AN-94, the AK-100 series of rifles, and the AK-12. It is a Small C ...

5.56mm NATO

The 5.56×45mm NATO round, pronounced five-five-six ", is an intermediate cartridge and the main bullet type used by guns made for NATO militaries. It was first used in the Vietnam War as the main bullet used by the US military. Early in the Vietn ...

7.92 x 57mm Mauser

The 7.92x57mm Mauser, aka 8mm Mauser round is a German bullet first used in the G98 Mauser rifle. Other German rifles chambered in 7.92x57mm include weapons such as the K98, MG34, MG42, FG42, G41, and G43. A variant Different style of the 7.92x57 ...

75th Infantry Division (United States)

The 75th Infantry Division was a division of the United States Army in World War II. It was also active from 1952 to 1957 as a combat division of the United States Army Organized Reserves. The 75th was activated 15 April 1943, at Fort Leonard Woo ...

82nd Punjabis

The 82nd Punjabis were a regiment of soldiers of the old British Indian Army. The regiment was started in Madras, in British India in 1788. Later, it started to take in more soldiers from the Punjab and NWFP regions, so the regiment was renamed P ...

Air force

An air force is the branch of a countrys military which fights in the air. The air force is made up of aircraft such as fighters, bombers, helicopters and transport aircraft. When a navy has its own air force it is called Naval Aviation. Air forc ...

Air Forces of the National Peoples Army

The Air Forces of the National Peoples Army was the air force of East Germany. It was a part of the National Peoples Army, established in 1956.

Aircraft Apprentice Scheme

The Aircraft Apprentice Scheme was a training programme in the Royal Air Force. It lasted from 1920 to 1966. The training programme was for aircraft ground crew. The Apprentice Scheme was the result of the Royal Air Forces decision to open School ...

Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb

The Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb is an Islamic organisation which has its roots in Algeria. They are armed, and were called Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat beforehand. In English they were sometimes referred to as Group fo ...

Armenian Army

The Armenian Army is the army of Armenia. Armenia has sent around 1.500 officers to be trained in Greece and Russia over the past years. Since the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War, Armenia has made the army boost the defense and help defend Nagorn ...

Assault rifle

An assault rifle is a rifle that has a removable magazine, automatic-fire and semi-automatic modes, and uses intermediate cartridges. These cartridges do not have as much power as other rifles’, like hunting rifles or battle rifles, but have more ...

Avro 683 Lancaster

Avro 683 Lancaster was developed out of Avro 679 Manchester. It was the most used RAF bomber in the Second World War. The changes made on Avro 679, like four Rolls-Royce Merlin X instead of two powerplants and longer wings, have led to the new na ...

Azerbaijani Air Force

The Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force often called the Azerbaijani Air Force is the air force and air defence force of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. The origin of the current organization goes back to June 26, 1918, when the Azerbaijan Democr ...

Azerbaijani Land Force

The Azerbaijani Land Force is the army of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces which is the military of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan has been trying to further develop its armed forces into a professional, we ...

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