This book contains short definitions of U.S. military terms, people and battles from the first colonial conflicts (such as King Philip’s War and King George’s War) through 2001. In addition to explaining terms like advance, active defense, and retrograde movement, it also explains military ranks, insignia, uniforms and vehicles used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard (which is not part of the U.S Military establishment, but the Department of Homeland Security). The “Browse this book” link goes to an alphabetical listing of entries with a search box at the top that allows entry of the terms to be searched. The “Links for this book” found under the “browse this book” link goes to a list of military related sites. Several of them are not related to the U.S. Military and not all of them work. There are no illustrations. A nice feature of this book is the cross-reference tab to the left of an entry which allows one to highlight a term and then click on the “cross-reference” button which results in a listing of other Oxford books that define or discuss the term. For example highlighting the term “Coast Guard” and clicking on the cross-reference tab goes to a list of other books that use the term including an entry on the history and formation of the U.S. Coast Guard in the book “The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea”. Under each definition is a suggested citation format.
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