Definitions

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

  • n. A military base or site from which heavy fire is directed against the enemy.

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  • n. An encampment designed to provide indirect-fire artillery support to infantry operating beyond the normal range of fire support from their own base camps

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an artillery base to support advancing troops

Etymologies

fire +‎ base (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In brief terms the action involved a rifle company action in which the infantry were detailed off to intercept a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) battalion that was approaching a firebase from the North which then got into difficulties because of the sudden appearance of a second NVA unit in its rear.

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  • A firebase was a far worse punishment than missing Istanbul.

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  • "The cost of the munition may be comparable to a satellite-guided bomb, but the cost of manning a firebase is a lot less than the cost of an air base," Pike said.

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  • The title is derived from the codename for a remote, mountainous military outpost, a "firebase", near the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating North and South Vietnam and the Laos border, not unlike the notorious Hill 937, or Hamburger Hill.

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  • 'We want them to attack us, so we can engage them and destroy them,' says one Special Forces soldier from the US firebase at Spin Boldak, who took part in the initial firefight that led to Operation Mongoose.

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  • He then volenteered for Viet-Nam and was assigned to the 1st marine Div. 5th Marine Regt located at a firebase named An Hoa where he was assigned to the Reactionary Plt assign to patrol the area around Hill 55 and throughout an area named Arizona Valley.

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  • I kept a journal while I was there, I have a few 'empty' days in it, but they were mostly days spent around a forward firebase or down-time for us.

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  • Fighting their way up the hillside of their former firebase, hatred and jealousy evaporate, even the Corps itself disappears.

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  • The battle scenes in Platoon -- the ambushed patrol, the over-run firebase -- are horrific, but at the same time thrilling, mesmerizing.

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  • The government says he was not trained as an interrogator before he was shipped off to a remote firebase near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

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