Category talk:World War II

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Below note very outdated 2-1/2 year old advice Nov 2006 — as can be seen in following redlinks. Also adding strikeouts. FrankB 00:08, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Future sub-catagories

All of the articles on this page need to be put in the following catagories

  • [[Category:WW2 operations and battles]] - Should contain all battles and operations
  • [[Category:WW2 people]] - People related to the war
  • Subcatagories of [[Category:WW2 equipment]]: [[Category:WW2 ships]], [[Category:WW2 planes]], [[Category:WW2 guns]], etc
  • [[Category:WW2 fronts]] - any lines, or large groupings of soliders</s> This page ([[Category:World War II]]) should be reserved for large, over-encompasing articles. →Raul654 06:07, 30 May 2004 (UTC)


The name "World War II groups and lines" is not really a good one. There has to be a better sounding, more comprehensible alternative. --GeneralPatton 03:59, 5 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Also, Category:World War II operations and battles is severely overlapping with Category:World War II campaigns and theatres while a thing like the Holocaust isn't even covered.--GeneralPatton 01:56, 6 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Generally, theatres, campaigns, operations, and battles are four different levels of military events:
  • A theatre is a large geographical area representing high-level objectives. It exists for the duration of the conflict, even if not the scene of active fighting all the time.
  • A campaign is a series of operations or battles fought to obtain an objective. A campaign can cover an entire theatre, but usually covers a specific area both geographically and in time. When the series comes to an end, the campaign is over. Thus multiple campaigns can cover the same ground in the same war, just at different times.
  • An operation can be any size, but is a specific plan put into action by one or more of the participants. This may or may not result in battle(s). Operations are usually focussed on the actions of the planning participant.
  • A battle is a specific engagement between military forces, delineated by geography and time, as well as where it falls in operational scope.
Granted there is a good deal of grey area between them, but I think delineating between theatres and campaigns on one hand and battles and operations on the other makes sense, as the former is more strategic and 'grand-plan' level, while the later is more tactical, 'troops-on-the-ground' level.
Also note that sometimes the common name may belie the reality. For example, the Battle of Britain is much more accurately placed in the category of a campaign. The same is true for the Battle of the Atlantic (this could even be considered a theatre).
Joshbaumgartner 07:11, 2005 Jan 28 (UTC)

By whatever name Joshbaumgartner[edit]

... you call it, there needs to be a battles of WW2 Category AND LIST of. Trying to check/get one name just cost me 20 minutes, and I'm still not experiencing joy. // FrankB 00:08, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Agreed...the situation isn't optimal. I am a bit out of touch on current categorization (probably haven't touched these categories for a year) as I've been working on naval ships for the most part, so I probably can't offer anything to the debate at the moment. Josh 00:51, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
No one else seems to be looking in, so I'll post a message on the Military history project to see if some informed talent wants in, or whether there is some scheme in place not documented here, or whether I should start whittling on this branch and try to make it into an artifact of somekind! // FrankB 13:58, 11 November 2006 (UTC)