advance guard


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advance guard

n.
A detachment of troops sent ahead of a main force to reconnoiter and provide protection.

advance guard

n
1. (Military) a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact
2. (Military) a temporary military detachment sent ahead of a force to prepare for a landing or other operation, esp by making reconnaissance

advance guard

Detachment sent ahead of the main force to ensure its uninterrupted advance; to protect the main body against surprise; to facilitate the advance by removing obstacles and repairing roads and bridges; and to cover the deployment of the main body if it is committed to action.
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You command only my advance guard, and have no right to arrange an armistice without my order.
We made a most imposing and awe-inspiring spectacle as we strung out across the yellow landscape; the two hundred and fifty ornate and brightly colored chariots, preceded by an advance guard of some two hundred mounted warriors and chieftains riding five abreast and one hundred yards apart, and followed by a like number in the same formation, with a score or more of flankers on either side; the fifty extra mastodons, or heavy draught animals, known as zitidars, and the five or six hundred extra thoats of the warriors running loose within the hollow square formed by the surrounding warriors.
At this juncture the British sergeant who had been in command of the advance guard approached and when Tarzan and the girl spoke to him in English, explaining their disguises, he accepted their word, since they were evidently not of the same race as the creatures which lay dead about them.
In the rear were a hundred warriors, similar in all respects to the advance guard.
The little army had been marching for some hours when the advance guard halted a party bound south upon a crossroad.
He ordered Ramsey to take the advance guard into Morong.
30pm today the gates of Cardiff Castle opened to admit the advance guard of 15,000 ticket-holders to the biggest ever Conservative fete ever held in Wales.
Should the suggestions contained in that report be implemented, the paper wrote in its Thursday edition, then "an advance guard could be sent before the end of this year, followed in early 2016 by troops whose task would be to protect property, as well as other support units.
Tehran, Damascus and Hizbullah are intent on forcing Israel to swallow the presence of their forces on the threshold of central and southern Golan - after their bid to park opposite the northern sector and the adjacent Hermon mountains was pre-empted by the Israeli air strike on their advance guard.
An advance guard of 10 peshmerga briefly entered Kobane on Thursday to discuss a joint strategy with leaders of the YPG, the main Syrian Kurdish armed group defending the town.
Advance Guard radar-based perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) installed at 16 major European airports, Oxford, UK Navtech Radar believes it attained the balance between technology and guard service, who indicated that all of the Navtec systems are compliant with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ISAC) security manual 8973.

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