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.
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The family are reunited when they return closely pursued by an advance guard of an American invasion force.
He ordered Ramsey to take the advance guard into Morong.
Perhaps even more important than Luna's allegorical paintings of the Philippines and 'Mother Spain'-at least for art historians and scholars-would be Singapore's exhibit of his latter works in realism-specifically another large canvas, 'Las Ignores' (The Unknown Ones; 1890-1891), which depicts a funeral cortege, and 'Avant-garde' (The Advance Guard; 1892).
Big crowd at castle fete PROMPTLY at 1.30pm 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." Reconnaissance troops would then follow between April and June.

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