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a position held or to be gained on the enemy side of a river, defile, or other obstacle, to cover the crossing of friendly troops.
any position gained that can be used as a foothold for further advancement; beachhead.
a defensive work covering or protecting the end of a bridge toward the enemy.
Historical Examples

The Childrens’ Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10) James Edward Parrott
Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 Ian Hamilton
The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918 F.L. Morrison
Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
Carry On! Herbert Strang
The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII) Various
The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
The Childrens’ Story of the War, Volume 3 (of 10) James Edward Parrott
The Boy Scouts Afoot in France Herbert Carter

noun (military)
an area of ground secured or to be taken on the enemy’s side of an obstacle, esp a defended river
a fortified or defensive position at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
an advantageous position gained for future expansion


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