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1

tenable

able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

2

muster

gather; assemble (troops)

3

padre

chaplain in the armed forces

4

bombardier

a person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells

5

caisson

an ammunition vehicle

6

gauntlet

a stout glove with a long loose wrist. (historical) an armored glove, as worn by a medieval knight

7

depredation

an act of attacking or plundering

8

cordon

A line of fortifications which is meant to prevent access; a blockade.

9

phalanx

1. formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears. 2. a compact group of people.

10

militarism

1. a : predominance of the military class or its ideals. b : exaltation of military virtues and ideals. : a policy of aggressive military preparedness.

11

ordnance

military supplies

12

sabre, (alt sp) saber

a heavy cavalry sword with a curved blade and a single cutting edge

13

feint

pretended attack; a move intended to deceive

14

scabbard

The sheath of a sword or similar bladed weapon

15

grenadier

A member of a regiment composed of men of great stature

16

harry

persistently carry out attacks on (an enemy or an enemy's territory).

17

palisade

1. a fence of wooden stakes or iron railings fixed in the ground, forming an enclosure or defense. 2. a line of bold cliffs --V. enclose or provide (a building or place) with a palisade.

18

panzer

a German language word that means either tank (the military vehicle) or armour. It is occasionally used in English and some other languages as a loanword in the contexts of German military

19

scorched-earth policy

military strategy of burning or destroying buildings, crops or other resources that might be of use to an invading enemy

20

wehrmacht

lit. Defense Force — was the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1946. It consisted of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force.

21

presidio

a garrison; (in Spain and Spanish America) a fortified military settlement

22

armada

fleet of ships

23

parapet

1. a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony 2. a protective wall or earth defense along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops

24

adjutant

staff officer assisting the commander; assistant

25

bivouac

a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers

26

epaulet

shoulder decoration or ornation(of a uniform) also spelled epaulette

27

blitzkrieg

a sudden, all-out attack

28

pyrrhic

A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way; however, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit (another term for this would be "hollow victory").

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strafe

to rake (as ground troops) with fire at close range and especially with machine-gun fire from low-flying aircraft.