Advance-guard meaning

A detachment of troops sent ahead of a main force to reconnoiter and provide protection.
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A detachment of troops sent ahead to reconnoiter and protect the line of march.
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A unit or units leading the way of advancing or marching troops, guarding them from ambushes, reconnoitering and pursuing the enemy, etc.
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An individual soldier in the same role.
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Alternative spelling of advance guard.
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