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Vocabulary :

 

  • Military Abbreviations, Acronyms and Terms (periscope.ucg.com)

  • Military fact file: Drones
    "To the military, they are UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems).
    However, they are more commonly known as drones...
    Those used by the United States Air Force and Royal Air Force range from small intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance craft,
    some light enough to be launched by hand, to medium-sized armed drones and large spy planes."
    (BBC)

    MQ-1B Predator / MQ-9 Reaper



    See Unmanned aerial vehicle (Wikipedia)


  • Afghanistan war logs: the glossary
    "What do all those military initials mean? This is our guide."
    (guardian.co.uk)


    "TIC, RPG: glossary of military terms for incidents like this, where an Afghan Army soldier fires a rocket propelled grenade at suspected Taliban at combat outpost Nolen, north of Kandahar."

  • IED = Improvised explosive device
  • TIC = Troops in contact
  • RPG = Rocket propelled grenade
  • The Military - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (languageguide.org)




 

  • Military English - Peacekeepers (British Council)
    - Our magazine section provides articles on a wide range of military topics.
    - Activities : Use these exercises to improve your communication skills in military English.
    - Check up on your grammar with explanations and games.
    - Ideas and materials

 

Pictures :

 

  • A bloody take on the alphabet
    "A new illustrated typeface uses images of weaponry to comment on the world's armed conflicts...
    these are not images about the beauty of weaponry, but a commentary on its uses, results, sale, and distribution..."

    (salon.com)

 

  • Inflatable weaponry
    employed "with the aim of confusing and distracting enemy forces.
    They are often used on battlefield positions or to fool the eagle eye of surveillance satellites...
    The hi-tech inflatables are even made from a special material that tricks enemy radar and thermal imaging into thinking they are real."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Abbreviations :

 

 

Facts :

  • The time when the British army was really stretched
    "The British army is due to be reduced to 82,000 by 2020, prompting claims it will be the smallest it has been since the 19th Century.
    But if Britain had a small army then, how did it control an empire?"

    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Seven Sci-Fi Weapons from Tomorrow Are Here Today
    "A number of weapons and weapons systems now on active duty or in the prototype stage seem to have been ripped straight out of the overwrought imagination of a sci-fi writer.  Here’s a trip back to the future to look at some of the latest military and law enforcement hardware."

    (technewsdaily.com)

  • South Korea deploys robot capable of killing intruders along border with North
    "South Korea has deployed sentry robots capable of detecting and killing intruders along the heavily-fortified border with North Korea...
    Two robots with surveillance, tracking, firing and voice recognition systems were integrated into a single unit...
    The robot uses heat and motion detectors to sense possible threats, and alerts command centres "

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • The United States Cyber Command
    "is a United States armed forces sub-unified command  subordinate to United States Strategic Command." 
    MISSION :
    "USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries."

    (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

  • Listen up, 007, we call it the Puffin
    "THE American space agency, Nasa, is to unveil a prototype of a personal flying machine capable of propelling soldiers behind enemy lines.
    The mini aircraft, which can soar 50 miles through the clouds or under radar, has been named the Puffin, after the small waterbird famed for being able to land on impossible terrain. "

    (technology.timesonline.co.uk)

    A puffin
    (Wikipedia)

 

  • What is a war crime ? (BBC)

  • Young Blood : Children of War
    Country dossiers - Causes - Impacts - Solutions - Media
    "Over 300,000 child soldiers exist in the world today...
    Find out which countries currently have child soldiers and find out details about the country's situation... "
    (library.thinkquest.org)

 

 

War photographers :

  • NUJP: Camera-gun
    "National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, is a movement defending the rights of journalists.
    Since 2001 over 100 journalists have been killed for just bringing the news.
    The visualisation shows a camera on the left and on the right you see the barrel of a gun."

    (creativecriminals.com)

 

  • War photographers
    "Photographers who participate in this genre may find themselves placed in harm's way, and are sometimes killed trying to get their pictures
    out of the war arena. Journalists and photographers are protected by international conventions of armed warfare, but history shows that they are often considered targets by warring groups..."
    (Wikipedia)
  • War Photographer (2001) - Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey. + TRAILER
    (imdb.com)

 

Cyberwar :

Proverbs, Idioms and Sayings :

  • Wise sayings (wiseoldsayings.com) : - UPDATED
    War is sweet to those who haven't experienced it. - Latin (on war and peace)
    We learn little from victory, much from defeat. - Japanese (on success and failure)
    When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you. - African Proverb
    Who is mighty? He who makes an enemy into a friend. - Hebrew (on friends and foes)
  • United we stand, Divided we fall by Hanker : - UPDATED
    "He who lives by the sword dies agonizing"
    (Proverb : 'He who lives by the sword dies by the sword')

    (lyricstime.com)

 

Listening :

  • The Military - Les mots s'affichent quand on passe la souris sur les images. - avec son (languageguide.org)

 

 

Conversation questions :

 

INTERACTIVE exercises :

 

 

  • Military English - Peacekeepers (British Council)
    - Our magazine section provides articles on a wide range of military topics.
    - Activities : Use these exercises to improve your communication skills in military English.
    - Check up on your grammar with explanations and games.
    - Ideas and materials

 

Exercises TO PRINT :

  • U.S.Wars Matchup (eduplace.com)
    - "Write the name of each war next to the time when it took place."

Lesson plans :

  • Pope says World War III pretty much here (September 16, 2014) - a lesson with audio
    "Pope Francis has announced that the world is pretty much in the grips of its third world war."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)
  • Global military spending falls (April 16, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO.
    "The amount the world spent on arms has fallen for the first time since 1998.
    This is according to the annual review of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)
  • U.S. allows women to fight in wars (January 26, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced one of the biggest reforms of the American military in decades.
    He has lifted the ban on women fighting on the front line in future wars."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

The Pentagon allows women to fight on the front line. When did feminism become pro-war?
(blogs.telegraph.co.uk)

See Cartoons

 

 

  • Disarmament
    "refers to a country or organisation giving up its weapons and/or armies."

    24-30 October = Disarmament Week
    Magazine article - Word game - Story - Cartoon - Trivia - Links
    (British Council)

 

  • How good is your nose? - a lesson plan : Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate - (english-to-go.com)
    - about dogs and drugs / land mines

 

Songs :

  • War Pigs by Black Sabbath (lyrics) - The lyrics are below the video on YouTube.
    "Generals gathered in their masses,
    Just like witches at black masses.
    Evil minds that plot destruction,
    Sorcerers of death's construction..."

    (YouTube)

 

 

 

  • Protest Song by Hugh Laurie :
    "Well, the winds of war are blowin', and the tide is comin' in...
    Everybody's dyin'..."

    (lyrics007.com)
    - the VIDEO (YouTube)
  • What's Going On by Marvin Gaye :
    "There's far too many of you dying...
    You see, war is not the answer
    For only love can conquer hate"
    (stlyrics.com)

 

  • I Want Love sung by Jehro (lyricsmania.com) - UPDATED
    "They told me I'm joining a family
    But here I ain't nobody's son
    My brothers are right here beside me
    We share our hunger and we share our gun

    Tomorrow we start the offensive
    Been drinking palm wine all day
    Grigrimen can keep us from bullets
    But hash won't keep hunger at bay..."

    - the VIDEO (YouTube)

 

  • CRANBERRIES - "ZOMBIE"

    • Zombie (song)
      "Zombie" is a protest song by the Irish band The Cranberries from the 1994 album No Need to Argue.
      It is about the conflicts in Northern Ireland known as "The Troubles", with references to the Easter Rising of 1916."

      (Wikipedia)

      VIDEO (YouTube)

 

 

 

  • Children's Crusade by Sting :
    "The children of England would never be slaves
    They're trapped on the wire and dying in waves
    The flower of England face down in the mud
    And stained in the blood of a whole generation"
  • G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
    "We'd like to be heroes,
    but all we do here is march"

  • In the Army Now by Status Quo
    "Hand grenades flying over your head
    Missiles flying over your head
    If you want to survive get out of bed"

  • Mother by Pink Floyd :
    "Mother, do you think they'll drop the bomb?..."

  • Music by Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from the Crystal Cave)
    "Desperation, abomination, disintegration, degradation
    Poverty, treachery...
    .. the music will set us free"

    (YouTube)
  • No bravery by James Blunt - with the video clip with English subtitles (YouTube)
    "Houses burnt beyond repair.
    The smell of death is in the air.
    A woman weeping in despair says,
    He has been here..."

 

  • One by Metallica :
    "Now That the War Is Through with Me
    I'm Waking up I Can Not See
    That There Is Not Much Left of Me
    Nothing Is Real but Pain Now..."
  • United we stand, Divided we fall by Hanker : - UPDATED
    "He who lives by the sword dies agonizing"
    (Proverb : 'He who lives by the sword dies by the sword')

    (lyricstime.com)
  • 'War' by Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from the Crystal Cave)

Posters :

  • What is it good for ? (Le site n'existe plus)



  • Poster Art from World War II : "I want YOU for the US Army - Enlist Now" (archives.gov)

 

 

Stories :

 

Poems :

 

Cartoons : (Si le lien est inaccessible, enregistrer l'image pour obtenir la taille normale.)

 

Cartoon: Women in Combat
"This cartoon by Clay Bennett from the Chattanooga Times Free Press relates to news
that the US military has officially lifted the 1994 ban
on female soldiers serving in combat roles and said that..."
+ THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + NOTE

(englishblog.com)

See Lesson plans

 

- UPDATED

WARS

 

Bombing Libya - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

 


Weapons
of Mass Destruction

(wittyworld.com)

 

Is that a silencer?
(cagle.com)


Sir Render

(cartoonstock.com)

 


Let's Play Peace!

(cagle.com)

 

 

Medals
(cagle.com)

 

Conflict in Gaza
- Cartoons

(cagle.com)

 


It's only a camel!
(people.pwf.cam.ac.uk)

 


A little game
(cagle.com)

 

 

 

Animations Flash :

 

  • Toni & Maria - animations FLASH by Bruno Bozzetto (koreus.com)
    - War
    - Far West

 

  • Look at the little movie, then tell the story
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid
    "Un petit film en flash qui permet de faire travailler le récit avec prolongements possibles bien sûr:
    imaginer la conversation entre le père et la fille,
    imaginer la fin,
    faire raconter l'histoire par la petite fille, etc"

 

 

Videos :

 

  • Mickey Mouse In Vietnam (YouTube)
    "This 16mm antiwar short starring Mickey Mouse was produced by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser for the Angry Arts Festival in 1968.
    It was never sanctioned by Disney, but they weren't sued over it, either. The film was lost for decades, but resurfaced online recently.
    Warning: may be disturbing for children.

    Find out more about it in an interview with Glaser at Buzzfeed." Link

    (neatorama.com)

     


    A Rare 1968 Anti-War Short "Mickey Mouse In Vietnam" Has Resurfaced Online
    "Its co-creator, the legendary Milton Glaser, says “Mickey Mouse is a symbol of innocence… and to have him killed, as a solider, is such a contradiction of your expectations.”
    (buzzfeed.com)

  • US advances in drone development - 29 December 2011
    "Private companies are developing smaller, more sophisticated unmanned military drones to be used for air strikes or reconnaissance missions."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Pearl Harbor - A video (National Geographic)
    "Multimedia Map and Time Line:
    Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack on Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, to life moment by moment, target by target."

  • Pink Floyd : Goodbye Blue Sky - excerpt from 'The Wall' (youtube.com)
    - with the lyrics :
    "Did-did-did-did-you see the frightened ones?
    Did-did-did-did-you hear the falling bombs?
    The flames are all long gone, but the pain lingers on."

 

  • BEYOND THE FIRE - Teen experiences of war - videos with transcripts
    "Introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the US, who have survived war in seven war zones."
    (archive.itvs.org)

 

Cinema :