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amphibious Ships and Landing Craft

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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.

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amphibious warfare

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Warfare consisting of attacks launched from the sea by naval and landing forces embarked in ships or craft and involving the landing and establishing of forces on a hostile shore.

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Atlantic Wall

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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 ...

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combined operation

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

An operation conducted by forces of two or more allied nations acting together for a single mission.

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commando

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Military History.

N. pl. -os

1 a soldier specially trained to carry out raids: the commando unhooked a grenade from his belt.

2 a unit of such troops.

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Dodecanese Islands campaign

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Fought on and amongst this group of Italian islands in the Aegean Sea off Turkey's south-western Anatolian coastline as part of the battle for the Mediterranean. As the name implies ...

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Eagle Squadrons

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

Three US volunteer units which served with the RAF from 1940 to 1942. The 240 pilots who joined these formations before the USA entered the war were violating the US ...

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Force J

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

British amphibious warfare assault force formed from landing craft used in the Dieppe raid of August 1942. It was based on the Isle of Wight off southern England and used ...

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Higgins boat

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

A 78-foot motor torpedo boat produced by Higgins Industries of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the standard motor torpedo boat used during World War II.

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Inter-Services Security Board

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

British intelligence organization established in February 1940 to be responsible for the security of, and deception for, British war plans to intervene in the Finnish–Soviet war. It came...

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