Glossary of terms

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war cry

a rallying cheer or slogan shouted by combatants in battle

warlike service

Types of service determined by the Minister for Defence that may include military activities where the application of force is authorised to pursue specific military objectives and there is an expectation of casualties, including a declared state of war, conventional combat operations and peace enforcement operations.

weight of fire

a measure of the quantity, density and intensity of artillery fire used to attack a target (see also 'fire-effect')

White Australia policy

a term for the Immigration Restriction Act 1901 and its amendments, laws that prevented permanent migration of non-European peoples, especially Asians (mostly Chinese) and Pacific Islanders

wilco an expression in signalling that indicates compliance with a message just received

a telegraphy system that sends messages over a distance by radio signals