line of departure


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line of departure

1. In land warfare, a line designated to coordinate the departure of attack elements.
2. In amphibious warfare, a suitably marked offshore coordinating line to assist assault craft to land on designated beaches at scheduled times. Also called LD.
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One day after crossing the line of departure, we dropped off the class IV to the customer.
If a rifle was fired such that the line of departure was completely horizontal to the ground, the bullet would rapidly plummet to the earth without reaching its 600-meter effective range.
March 21, 2003-Seabees cross the line of departure into Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom
A self-financed, self-taught combat journalist and photographer whose reports from the field have won him a wide following, Michael Yon joined an American unit as it crossed the line of departure for the second phase of The Surge and headed for Diyala province and the al Qaeda stronghold of Baqubah.
These were quickly overcome by the rifle sections, and by 0815 hours, First Regiment had advanced some two thousand yards beyond its line of departure and was approximately halfway to Highway 7, its initial objective.
Thankfully, my girlfriend, Elizabeth Nixon, had caught the shot and hog's departure on video, and after a hasty review, we were able to get a reliable fix on my hog's line of departure.
It always struck me as strange how so many professors I knew had a professed love for some Third World peoples somewhere but no palpable feelings for the boys of the Fighting 69th--who were given last rites by their regimental chaplain before they left the line of departure and then were mowed down crossing hundreds of yards of open fields at Fredericksburg--or for Confederate teenagers in bare feet and homespun with acorns for food trying to hold Chickamauga Ridge against a massive Union assault.