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Melee
Melee
(/ˈmeɪleɪ/ or /ˈmɛleɪ/, French: mêlée [mɛle]) generally refers to disorganized close combat in battles fought at abnormally close range with little central control once it starts.[1] The French term was first used in English in c. 1640 (a re-borrowing of a lost Middle English
Middle English
melle,[citation needed] but the Old French borrowing survives in medley and meddle).[1] In military aviation, a melee has been described as "[a]n air battle in which several aircraft, both friend and foe, are confusingly intermingled".[2] Lord Nelson
Lord Nelson
described his tactics for the Battle of Trafalgar
Battle of Trafalgar
as inducing a "pell mell battle" focused on engagements between individual ships where the superior morale and skill of the Royal Navy would prevail.[3][relevant? – discuss] The destroyer night action of the second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942, was so utterly chaotic and the ships were so intermingled that an officer on the USS Monssen (DD-436)
USS Monssen (DD-436)
later likened it to "a barroom brawl after the lights had been shot out".[4] See also[edit]

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Close quarters combat Melee
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weapon Galley tactics Chance medley Super Smash Bros. Melee

Notes[edit]

^ a b OED 2015. ^ Kumar, DeRemer & Marshall 2004, p. 462. ^ Fremont-Barnes 2005, p. 38. ^ Frank, Guadalcanal, p. 441.

References[edit]

Fremont-Barnes, Gregory (2005), Trafalgar 1805: Nelson's Crowning Victory, Osprey Publishing, p. 38 38, ISBN 978-1-84176-892-2  Kumar, Bharat; DeRemer, Dale; Marshall, Douglas (2004), An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation, McGraw Hill Professional, p. 462, ISBN 978-0-07-178260-9  "mêlée n.", Oxford English Dictionary (online ed.), Oxford University Press, March 2015 

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