covering force


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covering force

1. A force operating apart from the main force for the purpose of intercepting, engaging, delaying, disorganizing, and deceiving the enemy before the enemy can attack the force covered.
2. Any body or detachment of troops which provides security for a larger force by observation, reconnaissance, attack, or defense, or by any combination of these methods. See also force(s).
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The damage done to the Russians by booby traps set by the covering force was both physical and psychological.
113) The plan envisaged that three oilers (designated Force Q) would accompany the convoy to refuel both the destroyers accompanying Convoys PQ17 and QP13 and those with the Cruiser Covering Force.
We received orders to withdraw and we did, leaving a covering force to an assembly point near Hunmgen, Belgium.
There must be a sufficient covering force present to reassure allies and limit Iranian influence or aggression by proxies, and there must be sufficient force available in a crisis or open conflict to pose a credible regime-change threat.
The Allied covering forces under Rear Admiral Victor Crutchley, RN, were ready and eager for an encounter.
One is defence planning (or force planning), covering force structures - such as three divisions or 10 divisions, heavy divisions or light divisions.
Kutyntsev shot down four, Popov shot down three and the covering force shot down another four.
172) The next day, the Cruiser Covering Force sailed from Seydisfjord.
Consider the military costs alone: a renewed offensive nuclear deterrent, both in the United States and extended to the region; prolonged counterintelligence, counterterrorist, and counterinsurgency operations around Iran's perimeter; a large and persistent conventional covering force operating throughout the region and a reinforcing force capable of assured regime change; and energetic military-to-military programs with coalition partners.
No provision had been made for a covering force to either reinforce the attackers on order, or to create a diversion to permit the main element to either execute the mission or break contact.
Gauthier: You might say it sounds like play time, but I see this eventually evolving into a curriculum connection: having that librarian talking to the science teacher and saying, "You are covering forces in motion?
Its aim was to provide additional units to covering forces and forming artillery groups during the period of mobilization.