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1. A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
2. A first achievement that opens the way for further developments; a foothold: "It is not yet clear whether the ecologists will establish a beachhead in the economists' carefully constructed intellectual empire" (Peter Passell).
1. (Military) an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
2. (Military) the object of an amphibious operation
[C20: modelled on bridgehead]
1. the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
2. a secure initial position that can be used for further advancement; foothold.
A designated area on a hostile or potentially hostile shore that, when seized and held, ensures the continuous landing of troops and materiel, and provides maneuver space requisite for subsequent projected operations ashore.
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|Noun||1.||beachhead - a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"|
|2.||beachhead - an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments; "the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors"; "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market"|