I don't know anything about it. I only know what we see from our worm's-eye view, and our segment of the picture consists only of tired and dirty soldiers who are alive and don't want to die;

of shocked, silent men wandering back down the hill from battle;

of jeeps and smelly bedding rolls and C rations and blown bridges and hospitals and shirt collars greasy black from months of wearing;

and of laughter too, and anger and wine and lovely flowers and constant cussing.

All these it is composed of;

and of graves and graves and graves.

--Ernie Pyle

Ernie Pyle was the most famous correspondent of World War II. He died in battle, though his only weapon was his pen.

In video game music, an arangement using lots of electric guitar, played in a speed rock style. The name is probably derived from the music that plays during fights with bosses in many Japanese RPGs and shoot 'em ups. To hear an example, listen to one of Konami's Battle the Best CDs.

Bat"tle (?), a.

Fertile. See Battel, a.

[Obs.]

 

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Bat"tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. Battalia, 1st Battel, and see Batter, v. t. ]

1.

A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.

2.

A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.

The whole intellectual battle that had at its center the best poem of the best poet of that day. H. Morley.

3.

A division of an army; a battalion.

[Obs.]

The king divided his army into three battles. Bacon.

The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every action. Robertson.

4.

The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.

[Obs.]

Hayward.

Battle is used adjectively or as the first part of a self-explaining compound; as, battle brand, a "brand" or sword used in battle; battle cry; battlefield; battle ground; battlearray; battle song.

Battle piece, a painting, or a musical composition, representing a battle. -- Battle royal. (a) A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that stands longest is the victor. Grose. (b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two are engaged; a mel'ee. Thackeray. -- Drawn battle, one in which neither party gains the victory. -- To give battle, to attack an enemy. -- To join battle, to meet the attack; to engage in battle. -- Pitched battle, one in which the armies are previously drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the forces. -- Wager of battle. See under Wager, n.

Syn. -- Conflict; encounter; contest; action. Battle, Combat, Fight, Engagement. These words agree in denoting a close encounter between contending parties. Fight is a word of less dignity than the others. Except in poetry, it is more naturally applied to the encounter of a few individuals, and more commonly an accidental one; as, a street fight. A combat is a close encounter, whether between few or many, and is usually premeditated. A battle is commonly more general and prolonged. An engagement supposes large numbers on each side, engaged or intermingled in the conflict.

 

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Bat"tle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Battled (); p. pr. & vb. n. Battling.] [F. batailler, fr. bataille. See Battle, n.]

To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.

To meet in arms, and battle in the plain. Prior.

 

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Bat"tle, v. t.

To assail in battle; to fight.

 

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