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Short Magazine, Lee-Enfield. See: Lee-Enfield rifle
Expert marksman armed with a rifle. Snipers were best armed with accurate target rifles with telescope and became numerous in the First World War. They worked alone or in small groups on the front lines, targeting enemy soldiers who could be seen momentarily in trenches and rear areas.
Extraordinary and often secret operations performed by elite forces.
See also: Commando
Squadron (Air Force)
Air forces adopted the squadron structure during the First World War, the first Canadian Squadrons being formed in 1917 when the short-lived Royal Canadian Naval Air Service was established. Distinct Canadian squadrons in the Royal Flying Corps were not formed until August 1918. Squadrons were formed in the Canadian Air Force from 1920 and the RCAF from 1924, which expanded tremendously during the Second World War.
Sub-unit within cavalry, horse artillery, armoured regiment and train/transport units. In cavalry regiments, a squadron usually had two troops. During the Second World War, a Canadian armoured squadron consisted of a headquarters troop of 3 tanks and four fighting troops, each of 4 tanks.
See also: Troop