defensive minefield


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defensive minefield

1. In naval mine warfare, a minefield laid in international waters or international straits with the declared intention of controlling shipping in defense of sea communications.
2. (DOD only) In land mine warfare, a minefield laid in accordance with an established plan to prevent a penetration between positions and to strengthen the defense of the positions themselves. See also minefield.
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Haida and Huron remained hot on their trail until 0150 hours, when DeWolf realized that the Germans were entering QXZ-1330, a defensive minefield that the Allies had laid off the Breton coast.
With very little strategic warning and some timely intelligence, it should be possible to emplace a defensive minefield to impede the establishment of a beachhead.
Both the US and South Korea have been under fire because they feel that they cannot discontinue the defensive minefield which form part of the defences south of Korea's demilitarized zone.