Rear. 1

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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Rear. (1)

 

In the broad sense, the entire territory of a country at war except for the actual battle zone. The rear includes the country’s civilian population and economic resources. In a narrower sense, the term refers to the aggregate of forces and facilities that provide rear services support to the army and navy in peace and war.

(2) The side of a rank, battle formation, or operational formation that is opposite to the front.

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