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16 July 2006

Katyusha

Katyusha (Russian "Катюша") multiple rocket launchers were built and fielded by the Soviet Union in World War II. These launchers acquired this name, unofficial but immediately recognized in the Red Army, from the title of a popular Russian wartime song, "Katyusha". The song is about a girl longing for her beloved who is away from her while serving in the military. Katyusha is a tender Russian diminutive of a female name Ekaterina.
The term is now often used to describe small rocket artillery in general, whether they are Soviet-derived or originally built. Such rockets are often used in guerrilla warfare, for example by the National Front for the Liberation of Vietnam, Hezbollah, the Iraqi insurgency, and the Taliban.
Source: Wikipedia

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