from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A detachment of troops sent ahead of a main force to reconnoiter and provide protection.

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  • n. a unit or units leading the way of advancing or marching troops, guarding them from ambushes, reconnoitering and pursuing the enemy, etc.
  • n. an individual soldier in the same role.


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  • When the enemy endeavored to erect a battery themselves, Captain William Washington, cousin to the general and a superb cavalry officer, together with Lieutenant James Monroe, raced forward with the advance guard and, “taking two pieces in the act of firing, drove the artillerists from their guns.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Our advance guard is already across the Sutlej. 27 In a few days there will be a general engagement between the Khalsa and the Company army under Sir Hugh Gough.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • To the charge that he should have been in front of the army on July 1, Stuart replied in his report that Albert Jenkins's men had been selected as the advance guard of the army and numerically were adequate for the mission.


  • Whilst the Count of Artois and the rest of the advance guard were pursuing the Turks into Mansoora, the rest of the army and the King finished crossing the river and arched on towards the Saracen camp in good order. recently they were met by the Saracens, coming from Mansooraa flushed with their victory and slaughter of the Christians.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • It was at Spring Creek where Cody was ahead of the command about three miles, with the advance guard of forty men, when two hundred Indians suddenly surrounded them.

    The Life of Hon William F Cody

  • On the same day, his advance guard under Sir Herbert Stewart entered Dongola.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • It was where Lal Singh, on my advice, had left half his force when he marched to meet Gough, and it was where his battered advance guard retired after Moodkee.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • There he fought in the Battle of Guilford Court House as commander of the American advance guard and took part in the assaults that reclaimed Forts Watson, Motte, and Granby in South Carolina as well as the city of Augusta.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • He also was reasonably certain that, as the British battle cruisers were usually the advance guard of the Grand Fleet, no other significant British force was likely to be operating between himself and Heligoland.

    Castles of Steel

  • Then there was the great expanding system operated by the SSA, working out of the Drain, spear­ing out to the advance guard of Solterran civilization reach­ing for the stars.

    Behold the Stars


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