Glossary of terms

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obelisk

a tall stone pillar built to commemorate a person or an important event

objective

a place or position towards which forces are directed

occupation

the control of a territory by a foreign military power

offensive

a carefully planned attack made by a large formation or group of soldiers

Order of Battle

the units, formation and equipment of a military force; might include its identification, strength and command structure, and the disposition of the personnel

Ottoman Empire

the former Turkish empire in Europe, Asia and Africa, from the late 13th century until the end of World War I

outflank

to go around the flank of an opposing army by moving past it so it can be attacked from the side

outpost

a small group of buildings used for military purposes in a distant part of the country or in a foreign country