- n. Ground combat soldiers who are not mechanized, and whose role is harass the enemy in front of the main body of infantry.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. infantry soldiers selected and trained for rapid evolutions.
“Asander, who may have been Parmenion’s brother, was chosen as satrap of Lydia and was left enough cavalry and light infantry to maintain order.”
“A score of vivid images stay in my mind: a regiment of Sikh lancers wheeling at the charge in perfect dressing, the glittering points falling and rising as one; a battalion of Jat infantry with moustaches like buffalo horns, white figures with black crossbelts, moving like clockwork as they performed "at the halt on the left form companies"; Dogra light infantry advancing in skirmishing order, the blue turbans suddenly closing in immaculate line, the bayonet points ripping into the sand-bags to a savage yell of "Khalsa-ji!”
“But then the Sergeant Digbys of this world would transact all their business smartly in their accelerated progress to the top, he decided, watching the young man's light infantry advance.”
“More recently, Lusitanian light infantry and horsemen formed the core of Sertoriuss insurgency on the Spanish peninsula 8072 B.C.”
“I have despatched the 45th demi-brigade, commanded by General Bon, to Lyons, together with fifty cavalry; also General Lannes, with the 20th light infantry and the 9th regiment of the line, to Marseilles.”
“Two light infantry brigades—one American, under Alexander Hamilton who had finally received a field command, the other French, under the baron de Viominel—were given the task.”
“It came on in column by regiments, with a line of Jat light infantry leading, green figures with their pieces at the trail — and suddenly Charley West was shouting:”
“He conversed with them in great detail upon the work that had, been done at this place in order that their port, which he always called the port of Paris, might reach the highest degree of prosperity, and did the sub-prefect, the mayor, the two presidents of the tribunals, the commandant of the place, and the chief of the tenth demi-brigade of light infantry the honor of inviting them to his table.”
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