By Jerold E. Brown
Having advanced during the last and 1 / 4 centuries to develop into the finest army strength on the earth, the U.S. military has a background wealthy in background and culture. This old dictionary presents brief, transparent, authoritative entries on a large go portion of army phrases, thoughts, fingers and gear, devices and businesses, campaigns and battles, and those who have had an important impression on military. It comprises over 900 entries written by means of a few a hundred students, delivering a useful source for the reader, pupil, and researcher.
For these attracted to pursuing particular topics extra, the publication presents assets on the finish of every access in addition to a common bibliography. Appendixes offer an invaluable record of abbreviations and acronyms and an inventory of ranks and grades within the U.S. Army.
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The first Alamo Scout mission supported the 1st Cavalry Division’s landing on Los Negros on 27 February 1944. By the end of World War II,* the Alamo Scouts had conducted eighty missions, killed eighty-four enemy soldiers, and captured twenty-four more, without losing a single scout. * Their most famous operation was the Cabanatuan raid* on a Japanese prisoner of war* camp in the Philippines on 30 January 1945. References. Lance Q. Zedric, Silent Warriors of World War II, 1995, and “Prelude to Victory—The Alamo Scouts,” Army, July 1994, 49–52.
S. antiaircraft gunners—nicknamed “Archies”—shot down fifty-eight German aircraft. Nevertheless, postwar constraints reduced the Army’s antiaircraft capability to near extinction, despite warnings of airpower advocates. The growth of the German Luftwaffe and the performance of Germany’s Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War, however, prompted defensive developments and establishment of the Army’s Antiaircraft Artillery Command in 1940. S. Army antiaircraft artillerymen participated in every major campaign, worldwide.
Soil. Instinctively at first, and then by plan, the colonists assailed British forces wherever they could get at them. They attacked Fort Ticonderoga,* Canada, Boston, Florida, the West Indies, and many other places. Revolutionaries are by definition aggressive; they must assault the constituted authority in order to displace it. Although the colonists were woefully weak, the British in North America were even weaker. To take advantage of those favorable conditions, Washington reasoned, the Continentals had to take great risks.
Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Army by Jerold E. Brown