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A line of skirmishers advanced 55 metres in front of the main body of two platoons, advancing in line.
Public Diplomacy with its light funding, its light arms, are rather the scouts and skirmishers that move ahead of the infantry.
Some skirmishers had to precede these dispersed columns, but skirmish lines and linear tactics were avoided.
From this entrancement, we are dropped into the cold aftermath of the first day's fight near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where the man's son, Confederate Sergeant, Jon Lyhton, is lost amid scattered skirmishers.
Such agreement should not dismiss the major accomplishments of British light troops in the previous century, especially as they often performed as both skirmishers and shock troops.
However, from 1792 on, a rifle would always be available to scouts, skirmishers and Marines, although general issue of a rifled arm wouldn't occur until the adoption of the Minie ball prior to our Civil War.
That day, Hood had launched an attack on Union troops near Atlanta, and as McPherson rode toward his own men, he ran straight into a line of Confederate skirmishers.
Israeli army] forces began separating between the skirmishers in an attempt to prevent further clashes," the army said in a statement.
Eventually, the anti-government lines began to advance; skirmishers in front of the line became braver, throwing rocks and petrol bombs with little or no cover.
These other men are skirmishers, come seemingly out of nowhere, destructive and quickly withdrawn; and, allowing the comparison, I find myself little more than a camp follower, a scavenger, benefitting from this brutality, and trudging with my account book through the aftermath, the mess and loss and suffering of battle.