rear guard


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rear guard

n.
A detachment of troops that protects the rear of a military force.

[Middle English reregarde, from Old French : rere, backward (from Latin retrō; see re- in Indo-European roots) + guarde, guard (from guarder, to defend; see guard).]

rear′ guard′


n.
a part of a military force assigned to guard the rear from attack, esp. in a retreat.
rear′guard`, adj.

rear guard

1. The rearmost elements of an advancing or a withdrawing force. It has the following functions: to protect the rear of a column from hostile forces; during the withdrawal, to delay the enemy; during the advance, to keep supply routes open.
2. Security detachment that a moving ground force details to the rear to keep it informed and covered. See also guard.
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The forms and ceremonials connected with the meeting of the two jeddaks consumed an hour, and then we turned and retraced our way toward the city of Kaol, which the head of the column reached just before dark, though it must have been nearly morning before the rear guard passed through the gateway.
Then came two-score more archers, ten more men-at-arms, and finally a rear guard of twenty bowmen, with big John towering in the front rank and the veteran Aylward marching by the side, his battered harness and faded surcoat in strange contrast with the snow-white jupons and shining brigandines of his companions.
All that Grimaud gained by this momentary pantomime was to pass from the rear guard to the vanguard.
And then came a handful of brave men--a little rear guard backing slowly toward the west, working their smoking rifles in feverish haste as they fired volley after volley at the foe we could not see.
He now came to his former chief with an order from the commander of the rear guard.
The armed askaris loitered between the balance of the safari and the Arab village, ready to form a rear guard for the retreat that was to begin the moment that the head man brought that which the white masters awaited.
Horsan the Dane, with his company, formed the rear guard.
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