bridgehead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bridgehead a defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
    • n bridgehead an area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies "an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines","the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bridgehead A fortification commanding the extremity of a bridge nearest the enemy, to insure the preservation and usefulness of the bridge, and prevent the enemy from crossing; a tĂȘte-de-pont.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bridgehead In fortification, a work covering that end of a bridge which is most exposed to an enemy; a tête-de-pont.
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Usage

In literature:

What of the bridge and its celebrated bridgehead and Prince Auersperg?
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
One thousand Austrians were captured at the bridgehead, but the garrison succeeded in escaping.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
This front has opposed to it the two Russian fortresses mentioned and between them the bridgeheads at Olita and Sereje.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
At this time there were few troops on the bridgehead east of the Canal de l'Escaut.
"The Story of the "9th King's" in France" by Enos Herbert Glynne Roberts
This left Jaffa within shell-fire, and it was necessary that we should recover the north bank and form a bridgehead.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
In that case a clear road for retirement to a bridgehead would be open.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
The bridgehead of Radymno consisted of a threefold line of field works.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
They won additional bridgeheads on the northern bank of the river.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
The man with the lantern at the bridgehead at Brod did not know that he held the destiny of Europe in his hand.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
They won additional bridgeheads on the northern bank of the river.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Its fortifications are built to serve as a fortified bridgehead.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
On the same day the coast front, the Carso Plateau, and the Tolmino bridgehead were shelled strongly by Italian artillery.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
But they were moving westward, in the direction of Chateau-Thierry, instead of toward the bridgehead at Dormans.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Further eastward, the Germans established bridgehead positions on the south bank of the river at Dormas.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Taking advantage of the bridgehead of Santa Maria and Santa Lucia, they then brought the battle on to the slopes of the right bank of the river.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VII (of VIII)" by Various
They gained the bridgeheads, and were enabled to seek cover and spread out along the river banks.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
British troops of the Tenth Army crossed the Livenza River between Motta and Sacile and established a bridgehead east of that stream.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
Two days more brought us to the end of the bridgehead, where we were to take up our position.
"Average Americans" by Theodore Roosevelt
Within less than a minute there was scarcely a man left erect between the bridgehead and the gap.
"Carry On!" by Herbert Strang
Very well do I remember the bridgehead of Jussy as I saw it after the German retreat a year ago.
"Current History: A Monthly Magazine of the New York Times, May 1918" by Various
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In news:

A Bridgehead, and a Thirsty Welcome.
Notable deaths in arts, A to M. Nexen deal China's Canadian bridgehead: Olive.
Notable deaths in arts, A to M. Nexen deal China's Canadian bridgehead : Olive.
A Bridgehead , and a Thirsty Welcome.
In case the archduke opposed the crossing, it was vital for the French to establish bridgeheads in the two villages on the farther bank.
Nexen deal China's Canadian bridgehead: Olive .
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