Flanqueur

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Flanqueur

 

in the 18th and 19th centuries, a member of a cavalry patrol that operated on the flanks or ahead of the battle formation of the main force. The patrols observed the enemy, protected the main force, and carried out reconaissance. Behind the line of flanqueurs was located a small reserve, whose position served as an assembly point for the flanqueurs.

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