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April 25th, 2005, 08:31 PM
What are other Nations armies called?
I dont think they call them " Army ". We call our Navy Seals and Marines, so what do they call their whole army?

I was wondering if anyone had a list of every nation and their Army name.

April 25th, 2005, 10:32 PM
I think you're getting confused over regular and special forces.

Armies are used to fight land battles. You have officers, soldiers, cavalry.
Navies are used to fight sea battles. You have officers, sailors, ships.
Marines are used as amphibious forces, fighting on land and sea and often serve on Navy ships. You have officers, marines, boats.
Air Forces are used to fight air battles. You have officers, airmen, airplanes.

The Navy has a special forces unit called Seals for amphibious warfare.
The Army has the Rangers and Delta Force.
The Marines have Force Recon.
The Air Force has Commandos.

The German Air Force is called the Luftwaffe but I think all Luffwaffe means is Air Force in German.
Just about every nation has an Army. Many have a Navy, Marines and Air Force. And many of them have special forces units, like the French Foreign Legion or the SAS. You just need to look them up.

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April 26th, 2005, 05:26 AM
What I mean is, German soldiers were called Nazis. What are American soldiers? French, Japanese, all of them type of names.

April 26th, 2005, 07:28 AM
German soldiers aren't called Nazis and I'd be careful of using the term in that context. A nazi was someone who was either a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler or someone who advocated policies characteristic of Nazism. Calling German soldiers Nazis now would in many cases be the biggest possible insult you could ever deliver.

As ex pointed out almost every country has an 'army', army means all the land forces a country has at its disposal. The forces of each country get divided into land = army, sea = navy+marines, air = airforce and then special forces. Specific units have unique names such as in the UK many regiments have names linked to a strong history, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, Black Watch, The Loyal Regiment, The Royal Welsh Fusiliers etc there's a full, albeit slightly outdated, list of the British army regiments here:

April 26th, 2005, 01:11 PM
The German Air Force is called the Luftwaffe but I think all Luffwaffe means is Air Force in German.

Confirmed by a native speaker of German. "Luftwaffe" means Airforce (literally: "Air-Weaponry"; but nobody would ever think of translating it as that...)

Kater is right about "Nazis", too. Actually the "Deutsche Wehrmacht" (= German Armed Forces) tried to distance themselves from the NSDAP (the national socialist party) and it's atrocities, after the war was over. (Not very convicingly, if you ask me, but that's another topic.)

April 26th, 2005, 01:26 PM
Are you thinking of nicknames?

American soldiers abroad are called 'Yanks', 'Sammies' or 'doughboys'.
We call the British 'Limeys' because British sailors used to drink lime juice to fight off scurvy. Other nations called them 'Tommies'.
Germans were called 'Huns', 'Fritz', 'Jerry'.
New Zealanders were called 'kiwi'.
Australians were called 'Aussie'.
Italians were callled 'Macaroni'.
French were 'Bonhommes'.
Japanese were 'Nips'.
Viet Cong were called 'V.C.' or 'Charlie' for short.

April 26th, 2005, 07:32 PM
Air Force actually has PJs (Parajumpers), Commandos are a British unit...

Army is always the term for ground forces, it's the word, not a name. Armies consist of cavalry, artillery, and most importantly, the infantry. They have been called armies since the beginning of time, it just varies depending on your language.
Navy is just a word too, it applies to naval forces (hence the "nav").
Air Force. Another word.
Marines are kind of new, the British were the first to have an actual unit called "marines" and as mentioned earlier, they are amphibious. Before there were marines though, there were armies that got off of boats (and armies still get off boats today... the term Marine refers more closely to a unit).

Soldiers make up armies.
Sailors (or seamen) make up navies.
Airmen make up airforces.
Marines make up... Marine Corps and Royal Marine units.

Now as far as we military types calling people by certain names... It's usually racial. Let's face it, most countries consist of a single race, or are at least so overwhelmingly homogenous, that we can look at them and tell where they are from.
Terms like "Nips" which referred to Japanese soldiers during WWII refer to the fact that they are "Nipponese" because in Japanese, the main island's name is Nippon.
Sometimes the uniforms used by an army will give them a nickname, like the British "redcoats" or the "doughboys" of WWII. Doughboys actually referred to the fact that the US troops caked in mud looked like they were made/covered with dough.

The use of the word "Nazi," albeit incorrect, referred to all German troops. The reason for this is the fact that the political leadership was of the Nazi party... kind of like calling Russians "commies."

The newest military term that I know of is "Hadji" which refers to Muslims. Why this name? Anyone who has traveled to Mecca and circled the Qabba, making the pilgrimage which is a big part of Islam, is said to have made the Hajj, thus making them a Hadji... It's not as offensive as some of the terms we have used throughout history, but it is a term we have come to use...

Hope this helps, just remember that the names we use are usually racial, political, or related to appearance.

April 27th, 2005, 01:09 AM
I got to thinking about appearance that TheEarCollector said and had a thought - was the reason US troops called the V.C. 'Charlie' was after Charlie Chan?

And wasn't Hadji the name of the Indian friend of Jonny Quest?

I like TheEarCollector's explanation, it makes sense - but could it be a rationalization after the fact?

April 27th, 2005, 07:47 AM
The phonetic representation of Viet Cong (V.C) was Victor Charles which was then shortened into charlie, chuck etc

April 27th, 2005, 08:49 AM
I thought Hadji was the Johnny Quest guy when I first heard it too... but an Iraqi war vet actually explained why his unit started using it...

When in Somalia, Task Force Ranger referred to the Somalis as "skinnies" because they are all starving.

Even look at some of the terms you threw out there Kiwi, "kiwis" because it is a fruit only found on that island. "Macaronis" because they are commonly found in italian foods...

Soldiers, sailors and marines have said some incredibly racist things to say about EVERYONE, and that's not necessarily because they are bad people, but when you are in an environment that is trying to put down the enemy in every way possible it gets really easy to dehumanize them with slang.

As far as "Charlie" goes, the phonetic spelling is "Victor Charlie" but troops still referred to them as Charlie Chan so it is probably a little bit of both...

Another one I just remembered was the term "gook." It actually started during the Korean war when US troops were greeted by Korean peasants who said, "megook" which is the word for American... The troops took it the wrong way and assumed they were saying that they were gooks, and so started that word use....