Amerika Esperantisto 1964:5-8

Up-to-date With “The Aggressors”

Esperanto as the Official Language of U.S. Army Aggressor Force

Through the courtesy of Chevrolet Motor Division, General Motors Corp., Detroit, we print this first page and several pictures from Chevrolet’s magazine “Friends”. We are also indebted to SSgt. James C. Faughnan for his experiences with the Aggressor Force.

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Well-concealed Aggressor with light machine gun lies in wait for his U.S. enemies.

“Whenever soldiers of the U. S. Army swing into action during maneuvers — in training areas all over the country — they meet strong, organized resistance from a well-trained enemy known officially as Aggressor, but often referred to as Trigons. Dressed in a jungle-green uniform and speaking the strange language of Esperanto, Trigon is a real enemy, even though he represents an imaginary country whose totalitarian form of government is controlled by the ruthless Circle Trigon political party. The concept of using specially trained troops to oppose maneuver forces came into being in 1946, when U.S. Army Aggressor Center was formed at Fort Riley, Kansas (where these pictures were taken). Army commanders, after appraising the battlefield performance of soldiers during World War II, were convinced that something should be done to introduce realism to training programs. The purpose of Aggressor Center is to help build up the feeling of actual combat for soldiers in the field. The center directs and supervises the training of field advisory teams, procures or manufactures uniforms and equipment for Trigon troops, and prepares special Aggressor training manuals. Field advisory teams go where needed to advise unit commanders on Aggressor training, tactics, and uniforms, and to help indoctrinate Aggressors in the Circle Trigon’s political philosophy. Aggressors use special identification cards and distribute propaganda — they even carry safe-conduct passes to hand out to U.S. soldiers who may wish to surrender to the enemy! The Aggressor uses a sonics platoon to present combat sound effects, and an engineer platoon handles portable dummy artillery field-pieces, tanks, and vehicles. Running into a variety of realistic battlefield conditions, troops thus return from maneuvers much wiser in the ways of totalitarian warfare.”

The use of Esperanto as the language of the Aggressor Force has continued to inspire comments in the press of the U.S. and the world. A large number of soldiers, coming into actual contact with both the Aggressor and Esperanto, have written EANA for information and have become interested in learning the interlanguage for its own sake and for its usefulness in travel and world friendships.

A few months ago one of the major television networks featured a full-length movie that told the story of the deadly seriousness with which the Aggressor Force conducts its counter attacks in maneuvers. The scenes showing the interrogation of prisoners provided the opportunity to use the “aggressor language” (Esperanto) in realistic sequences.

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Snappy Aggressor soldiers pasu en parado (pass in review) at rapida tempo (quick time), with weapons at dekstra sultro (right shoulder). Troops wear distinctive uniforms and use a special drill and ceremonies manual.

In the official Field Manual FM30-101A, entitled “Aggressor, the Maneuver Enemy Esperanto Language”, the Introduction gives the following as the Purpose and Scope of the General use of Esperanto:

“1. The purpose of this manual is to provide U.S. forces, portraying AGGRESSOR, with a different language, the use of which will enhance intelligence play and add realism to field exercises. Included are an elementary grammar of the Esperanto language, an English-Esperanto and Esperanto-English vocabulary, and special tables on days and months, numerals, weights and measures, and approximate conversions. 2. a. Aggressor has adopted Esperanto as his official language. Although it has not supplanted the regional use of other languages and dialects, it is expected to do so eventually. The adoption of Esperanto as the official language does not prohibit the oral use of any local language by prisoners of war, casualties, or other Aggressor personnel, or the written use of any such language in the preparation of documents. …
c. Esperanto is scientifically constructed and adapts to its own use wordroots from various Indo-European languages. Incorporation of roots and of internationally accepted words into the language is facilitated by the extreme regularity and simplicity of Esperanto grammar. …”

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Prezentu ARMILOJ! (Translation: Present ARMS! Pronunciation: Pre-zen-tu AR-MEE-LOY.) Trigon troop commander and his staff salute absent dictator leader. Note armed bodyguards protecting the top-secret war map at rear.

The Esperanto vocabularies in the Aggressor manual are excellently done. They contain many terms not found in older Esperanto dictionaries. Here is a sampling of interesting military terms, along with practically all the debatable neologisms. There are about 5,000 terms in the manual.

aggressor agreso, agresa
airborne aerportata
aircraft carrier aviadportŝipo
air fleet aviadŝiparo
air forces aviadfortoj
antiaircraft kontraŭaviada
armed forces armitfortoj
armored cavalry kiraskavalerio
armor-piercing kiraspenetra
army forces terfortoj
army group terarmegrupo
assault (mil.) alsalti
attrition disfrotado
bandolier kartoĉbalteo
barn farmtenejo
bazooka raketelĵetilo
beachhead marbordoteno
blockhouse blokhaŭso
breakthrough trarompo
broadside fire flankpafado
cadre kadraro, kadranoj
carrier-based ŝipbazita
chief of staff stabestro
citation (mil.) ordenlaŭdo
clearing station netiganta stacio
cockpit (avn.) pilotfako
colonel regimentestro
column (mil.) marŝantaro
combat, single unuopa batalo
conscription devigvarbo
consolidate solidarigi
countersign signalrespondo
coverage kovrilaĵo
D-Day Ta-Tago
decorate (mil.) ordendonaci
decoration (mil.) ordeno
defilade terŝirmitloko
delaying action malakcela batalado
deploy distendi
destroyer (nav.) destrojero
Diesel dizela
dirt road kotvojo
dislodge depuŝi
division reserve divizia rezervitaro
dockyard dokaro
drop zone elsaltzono
dump (mil.) tenejo
echelon stupigi
enlist soldatigi
field ration(s) kampporcio(j)
fire control net pafregada reto
fire support pafhelpo, pafhelpa
flak kakpo
flame thrower flamĵetilo
foxhole vulpkavo
girder ligtrabo
glider aerglitilo
grenade launcher grenadĵetegilo
half-track duontirilvagono
holding attack tenadatako
jet aircraft ŝprucplano(j)
landing strip alterirstrio
landmark orientilo
mainland ĉeftero
master sergeant serĝentestro
missile ĵetaĵo
on call sur voko
ordeal severo, provo
outpost antaŭposteno
park enparkigi, parko
pillbox (mil.) blokhaŭseto
priority unuaeco
pursue (chase) postkuri
rallying point kolektiĝejo
range (of gun) trafpovo
ration porciigi
recoilless senresalta
runway flugkurvojo
sally (avn.) elirataki
schedule laŭplanordigi
sergeant major ĉefserĝento
sharpshooter tiraljoro
skirmish bataleto
sniper solpafisto
straggler postiĝinto
surprise attack ekatako
tanker portpetrolŝipo
teletype telemaŝinskribi
televise televidebligi
terrain militteraĵo
trailer sekvaveturilo
underestimate neĝustetaksi
winter (infin.) travintri
X-ray rentgen-radio