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).
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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During the fighting in the buffer zone, 80 tanks were destroyed by the covering forces wielding little more than satchel charges and bundles of stick grenades.
(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. (114)
The Allied covering forces under Rear Admiral Victor Crutchley, RN, were ready and eager for an encounter.
More likely, however, a covering force will protect inserted troops while massive fire is directed by the joint force air component commander against the main enemy responses.
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.
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.
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.
Publishing an in-depth review covering forces in England and Wales, the National Audit Office said it had found indications of "stress" in the system.
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.