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Air and Space Defense

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

Recognizing that the two great oceans that had protected the United States from invasion for more than a century could now, at least in theory, be overcome through aerial assault ...

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air support

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

Assistance given to ground or naval forces in an operation by their own or allied aircraft.

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Air Warfare

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

Despite having given birth to the airplane in 1903, the United States was slow to explore the military applications of aviation and had effectively no air arm when war broke ...

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antisubmarine warfare forces

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

The forces organized primarily to engage in antisubmarine action. Such a force may be composed of surface ships, aircraft, submarines, or some combination of these, along with their...

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antitank weapon

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

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.

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Army, U.S.

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

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,...

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base

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

N.

1 a locality from which operations are projected or supported.

2 an area or locality containing installations that provide logistic or other...

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battleship

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The modern equivalent of, and the name derived from, the older sailing ship of the line.

From Ship of the Line to ‘Ironclad’.

The introduction into warfare at sea during...

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bomber

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

N.

1 an aircraft designed to carry and drop bombs.

2 a person who plants, detonates, or throws bombs in a public place, especially as a terrorist.

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Careers in the Military

Overview page. Subjects: Military History.

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...

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