"We ought to reconnoitre now," he said, "because if any come near they may hear the spades and drop upon us unawares."
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Navy Seals have reconnoitered the area in advance of the invasion.
Not until twenty miles farther on, when they reconnoitered in the dark of a mountain hollow, and he stepped from the saddle and his leg buckled under him, the blood sloshing in his boot like a full well bucket, did he notice the ankle.