Definition of beachhead in English:

beachhead

Syllabification: beach·head
Pronunciation: /ˈbēCHˌhed
 
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noun

  • A defended position on a beach taken from the enemy by landing forces, from which an attack can be launched.
    More example sentences
    • A typical example of dropping or landing troops next to the target involves the seizing of a beachhead for subsequent amphibious landing.
    • On the eastern flank of the Sword beachhead, Lieutenant Colonel Otway's paratroopers are dug in outside Amfreville which is heavily defended.
    • First there was the need to keep supplied the troops who carried out the initial landings and established the beachhead.

Origin

World War II (originally US): formed on the pattern of bridgehead.

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