advance guard
Detachment sent ahead of the main force to ensure its uninterrupted advance; to protect the main body against surprise; to facilitate the advance by removing obstacles and repairing roads and bridges; and to cover the deployment of the main body if it is committed to action.

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • advance guard — /ədˈvæns gad/ (say uhd vans gahd) noun a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc. Also, advanced guard …   Australian English dictionary

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  • advance guard — body of troops sent ahead of the others to provide protection …   English contemporary dictionary

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