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Light-weight, quick-firing machinegun. First made in Czechoslovakia and later in England, where it became standard for the British Commonweath armies during the Second World War. Very accurate, it had a .303 calibre and could fire up to 450 rounds per minute.
Military formation of several units, commanded by a brigadier, usually consisting of three battalions and forming part of a division. In the First World War, described the parent unit of several artillery batteries (called a "regiment" in the Second World War.)
See also: "Battery" for artillery brigades in the 19th century.
Brigade operating independently from a division, with support from administrative (and sometimes combatant) troops.
Senior officer commanding a brigade, the lowest rank of general in most British Commonwealth armies. Called brigadier-general in the United States Army and some other armies.
Prevailing feelings between England and France. From the Middle Ages until the 19th century, France and England were locked in a succession of wars, with these rivalries being transported overseas as each nation expanded its colonial empire. This culminated in the cession of Canada to Britain in 1763. Feelings remained tense between British and French colonials, but the two sides would come together in the face of external threats, such as American invasions. After the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, relations between France and Britain improved steadily. The growing threat of German power in Western Europe brought the countries closer together and the two became allies during the two World Wars.