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  • n. Plural form of tirailleur.


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  • 'Bayonette au canon', in lines of 'tirailleurs', we crossed the open space between the lines, over the barbed wire, where not so many of our men were lying as I had feared,


  • General Vachet, with a corps of 'tirailleurs', marched on his right, ready to advance to the Place Victoire.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • Les tirailleurs de l'armée française d'Afrique ont contribué par leur courage à placer la France parmi les puissances victorieuses de 1945.

    WWII soldiers remembrance

  • Seven thousand were sent to France to augment the 18,000 regular tirailleurs troops stationed in West Africa and the 29,000 already in France.


  • "Leading them against the enemy skirmishers — the tirailleurs and voltigeurs — is a fascinating life."

    Beyond the Sunrise

  • The first attack came perilously close to success as the French attacked in dense columns behind the brisk skirmishing of their tirailleurs, who cleared the hill of British skirmishers.

    Beyond the Sunrise

  • And strangely, once she was over the brow of the hill and all was noise and smoke, and guns were firing both behind her and in front of her, once she could see the British and Portuguese skirmishers down in the heather and rocks before her, strung out across the hill, firing down on the approaching tirailleurs, the masses of the French columns coming up behind them, she felt no more fear at all.

    Beyond the Sunrise

  • But the columns were coming closer and closer behind their own tirailleurs.

    Beyond the Sunrise

  • Lastly, in 1809 there was founded the Young Guard, which mainly comprised regiments of light infantry, voltigeurs and tirailleurs.


  • The rifle corps now advanced, to open the business of the day by firing into a field of tirailleurs.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 359, March 7, 1829


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