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- n. An attack launched as a defensive measure.
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When I was pressing him for details of what it was like during the final, nightmarish year of the war, under the Arrow Cross, my father told me he once wrote a letter resigning from his anti-Semitic fencing club, a preemptive strike against expulsion.
The rebel command got wind of the plan a few days in advance and in a preemptive strike moved at once to occupy Bunker Hill actually Breed’s Hill, an adjacent mound, afterward renamed on the Charlestown Neck.