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- n. Plural form of advance guard.
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The desultory affairs between rear and advance guards seemed as a general, thing to have no particular purpose in view beyond finding out where the enemy was, and when he was found, since no supporting colums were at hand and no one in supreme control was present to give directions, our skirmishing was of little avail and brought but small reward.
The advance guards of the opposing armies met at Perinthus, the capital of Thrace.
As occasion warranted, the light companies could also be detached from their “parent” regiments, brigaded together in a separate corps, and used as shock troops or advance guards for the main army.