Glossary of terms

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decoration

an official title or honour given to someone, usually in the form of a medal, as a reward for military bravery

degenerate

to become worse in some way

delegation

a small group of people sent to a place to have talks with other people as representatives of a larger group of people

demobilise

to release troops from military service - demobilisation (noun)

deploy

to organise and position troops, weapons or resources ready for action - deployment (noun)

descent

a person's family background, especially their nationality or social status

deserter

someone who leaves their job in the armed forces without permission

destroyer

a small, heavily armed warship

detachment

a group of soldiers sent away from the main group to do a special job

digger

an Australian or New Zealander, especially a soldier; often used as a term of address

diorama

a miniature three-dimensional scene with models of figures arranged against a background

dirigible

an airship, such as a zeppelin

disembark

to unload goods or passengers from a ship or aeroplane

dismount

to get down from a bicycle or horse

dispatch

a message or report that is sent by army officers or government officials to their headquarters - also 'despatch'

diversionary

describes an action to distract the enemy from the main point of attack

dogfighting

an aerial battle between opposing fighter planes

dominion

a nation that was part of the British Empire but had its own government e.g. Australia from 1901 to 1953

dysentery

an infection of the intestine with bacteria or protozoa, characterised by severe diarrhoea

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