Puppet-army meaning

An army that an invading country forms by recruiting people from already-occupied areas of the country being invaded.
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(specifically) Such an army in China during the Sino-Japanese War.
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Origin of puppet-army

  • From puppet + army; a loan-translation of Mandarin 僞軍 / 伪军 (wěijūn, “fake army”).

    From Wiktionary