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rear guard Definition (US DoD)

Official definition of the United States Department of the term rear guard .

rear guard Definition (US DoD)

Official definition of the United States Department of the term rear guard .

rear guard



1. The rearmost elements of an advancing or a withdrawing force. It has the following functions: to protect the rear of a column from hostile forces; during the withdrawal, to delay the enemy; during the advance, to keep supply routes open. 2. Security detachment that a moving ground force details to the rear to keep it informed and covered. See also guard. (US DoD)
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