Vocabulary :

  • 15 Military Terms Used in Civilian Contexts
    +12 More Military Terms Used in Civilian Contexts

  • What Is a Gold Star American Family? - Text + Audio + Photos - 2 August 2016
    "Gold Star families are immediate relatives of U.S. military members killed while serving in conflicts.
    The term Gold Star dates back to World War I. Relatives flew flags with stars representing loved ones fighting at war.
    If a loved one died while serving, the blue star was replaced by a gold one."


    "Anita Dixon, of Wichita, Kansas, visits the burial site of her son Army Sgt. Evan Parker.
    He was killed while serving in Iraq in 2005."



  • New words: combat - VIDEO
    "The word combat is usually used when talking about warfare, but it can also be used to describe equipment.
    Watch and listen to how the word is used in a news story and our hosts will tell you more."


  • What’s a GI Joe? - AUDIO + SCRIPT


  • Military Abbreviations, Acronyms and Terms (

  • 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."

    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."

    "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 (


  • 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..."



  • 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."









Abbreviations :



Facts :


  • The Ten Longest Wars in History - with pictures and details
    10. THE VIETNAM WAR: 19 years (1955–1975)
    9. THE GREAT NORTHERN WAR: 21 years (1700–1721)
    8. FIRST PUNIC WAR: 23 years (264–241 BC)
    7. THE ACHINESE WAR: 31 years (1873–1904)
    6. THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR: 27 years (431–404 BC)
    5. THE WARS OF THE ROSES: 30 years (1455–1485)
    4. THE THIRTY YEARS’ WAR: 30 years (1618–1648)
    3. THE GUATEMALAN CIVIL WAR: 36 years (1960–1996)
    2. THE GRECO-PERSIAN WARS: 38 years (between 499–449 BC)
    1. THE HUNDRED YEARS’ WAR: 116 years (1337– 1453)

  • 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?"









  • 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."


  • 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 "



  • The United States Cyber Command
    "is a United States armed forces sub-unified command  subordinate to United States Strategic Command." 
    "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."






  • 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. "


    A puffin




War photographers :

  • 'The camera is not a shield': life and death as a war photographer - 26 July 2016
    "They put their lives on the frontline as well as their cameras to show the truth about life in conflict zones – and in the age of Isis, they are targets themselves. A new Netflix show captures on film the riskiest freelance job in the world"


  • 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."



  • 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..."
  • War Photographer (2001) - Documentary about war photographer James Nachtwey. + TRAILER


Cyberwar :

Proverbs, Idioms and Sayings :

  • Wise sayings ( : - 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')



Listening :

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



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 (
    - "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."

  • 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."

  • 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."


The Pentagon allows women to fight on the front line. When did feminism become pro-war?

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 - (
    - about dogs and drugs / land mines


Songs :


  • With GOD On Our Side~Bob Dylan (YouTube)
    + LYRICS:
    "The First World War, boys
    It came and it went
    The reason for fighting
    I never did get
    But I learned to accept it
    Accept it with pride
    For you don't count the dead
    When God's on your side."



  • Aloe Blacc - Ticking Bomb (Official Lyric Video) (YouTube)
    + LYRICS :
    "The whole world’s sitting on a ticking bomb
    So keep your calm and carry on...
    The silent war has begun
    We’re staring down a loaded gun
    No refuge found on solid ground
    This human race can’t be won"



  • 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..."





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

    - 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"


  • I Want Love sung by Jehro ( - 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)



    • 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."


      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"

  • 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')

  • '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" (



Stories :

  • 'A Horseman in the Sky' by Ambrose Bierce - - Text + Audio + Video
    "Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War.
    He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army?
    Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers."


    'A Horseman in the Sky' by Ambrose Bierce - Video with the text

  • The War Prayer by Mark Twain - anti-war short story (


Poems :


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

Cartoon: Global Threats ...
+ Related articles


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..."


See Lesson plans





Bombing Libya - Cartoons


of Mass Destruction



Is that a silencer?

Sir Render



Let's Play Peace!






Conflict in Gaza
- Cartoons



It's only a camel!


A little game




Animations Flash :


  • Toni & Maria - animations FLASH by Bruno Bozzetto (
    - 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 :

  • Yemen: a journey into the hell of war - VIDEO

  • Balablok
    "Court métrage d'animation réalisé par Bretislav Pojar dont le nom est apparu au palmarès des plus grands festivals du monde.
    Balablok met en scène des cubes qui se rendent compte qu'il existe des êtres de même nature qu'eux mais différents d'aspect, les Ronds.
    S'ensuivront l'étonnement, la moquerie et la bagarre jusqu'à ce qu'ils deviennent tous des Hexagones.
    Reviendront la paix et la bagarre, thèmes sur lesquels le spectateur est invité à réfléchir."

    "The animated short Balablok looks at human nature, in the form of little shapes with legs.
    Czech animator Břetislav Pojar’s award-winning 1972 film is as relevant today as ever.
    Woe unto them who are different -or even worse, outnumbered!
    The film is a metaphor for bullying, war, and the lone peacemaker who gets what’s coming to him."



  • Tour the Royal Navy's largest ever warship - VIDEO - 8 December 2015
    "One of a pair of new aircraft carriers that are being assembled in Rosyth, near Edinburgh, is just one year from being completed.
    The Queen Elizabeth will be the largest ship that the Royal Navy has ever built, when it is finished in December 2016.
    The BBC's Andrew Anderson was given special access to look around the inside of the huge vessel."



  • Nato war games - in 90 seconds - 4 November 2015
    "Nato is putting on its biggest display of military might in over a decade in Spain.
    A choreographed large-scale movement of soldiers, ships and planes have been signalling a message of power to Russia and other possible foes.
    The US-led alliance also want to train and exercise Nato troops and military personnel."



  • A Brief Visual History of Weapons
    "From the axe, which originated in 1,000,000 B.C., to today's killer drones, mankind's use of weapons has been varied and incredibly inventive.
    Weapons have changed history and aided in the rise and fall of civilizations.
    For example, gunpowder, a Chinese invention, led to the development of cannons and guns — revolutionizing warfare in the Middle Ages and beyond."



  • Students Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem - Text + Audio + Video - 10 May 2015

  • Russian WW2 parade: A tank-spotter's guide
    "Russia will stage its biggest ever military parade on 9 May, to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
    A rehearsal in central Moscow has revealed some new hi-tech Russian armour for the first time, lifting a veil of military secrecy.
    The most talked-about innovation is the Armata T-14 battle tank, described as a new-generation fighting machine to replace Soviet-era tanks."






  • 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



    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.”

  • 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."




  • 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' (
    - 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."


Cinema :