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The 4th Battalion was ordered to fight a rearguard action.
  a large group of soldiers — especially an army unit consisting of a headquarters and at least three companies
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battalion battalions
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  • The 4th Battalion was ordered to fight a rearguard action.
  • "One hundred and eleven battalions," she replied.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • They got reports of battalion-size movements.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • He insisted on seeing the Battalion Commander.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers

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  • Meanwhile, Second Battalion, in the center, turned back upon hearing gunfire in the distance, so as to avoid an ambush.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Three marines made a fire team, three fire teams made a squad, three squads made a platoon, three platoons made a company, three companies made a battalion...
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Sergeant Parish, today we will graduate the top four squads of your battalion.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • There was an entire battalion of soldiers guarding it and even snipers on the rooftops.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Where this morning a battalion of tractors had plied the gravel paths, hauling carts loaded with fish and peat-bricks up and down from the harbor, now those carts were being pulled by horses and mules.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It is never my place to regulate him, unless his doing so affects the battalion, which it has not.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • A whole battalion was carrying one page away from its source, carrying the intimate print as if rolling a tablet away from him.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The 3rd MP Group has the 1000th Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • When Oscar was a junior, the battalion went to Fort Huachucha, a 110-acre Army base near the Mexican border.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Soldiers from an infantry battalion lie along the platform, all of them asleep, as though some enchantress has cast a spell over them.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Pale-pink helmets, with rosettes, a whole battalion, onto the beachhead, over the top in pink.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • A woman defending her underclothes from a battalion of soldiers was comical.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • NYPD, FDNY, parked city vans with the windshield wipers going: K-9, Rescue Operations Battalion, NYC Hazmat.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He was being called to command a battalion in Korea and had to leave the next day.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • On either side stand people, dark, calling out the numbers of the brigades, the battalions.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • His teeth—an entire army battalion in a mouth.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • —’A lieutenant in the Corsican battalion.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The only tribesman spared was the commander of the battalion.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • A small figure detached itself from the far battalion and hurried toward Eragon and Saphira.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Prince Bagration ordered two battalions from the center to be sent to reinforce the right flank.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • For example, those planning to join a Ranger battalion or one of the elite Army units like the 82nd Airborne Division needed to be qualified as paratroopers.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • A battalion of Nassau, seven hundred strong, was overwhelmed there.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And these were monsters, rearing to the sky, massed like a battalion, too beautiful I thought, too powerful; they were not plants at all.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • If she is not one of the forbidden, then why have you massed a battalion to protect her?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • O Gertrude, Gertrude, When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions!
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • He knew them for his own battalion of the Royal Americans, and flying to their head, soon swept every trace of his pursuers from before the works.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The press, which had come en masse to cover the meeting, was turned away by a battalion of Sterling policemen.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He was aware that these battalions with their commotions were woven red and startling into the gentle fabric of softened greens and browns.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • At the north end of the reservoir, the enemy vanguard broke through the woods—a warrior in golden armor leading a battalion of Laistrygonian giants with huge bronze axes.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • The point being that there could be an entire battalion of stormtroopers concealed below decks and his helmetcam would never pick them up.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But they come in whole battalions.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • But as perhaps fifty of these whale-bone whales are harpooned for one cachalot, some philosophers of the forecastle have concluded that this positive havoc has already very seriously diminished their battalions.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • There are some four hundred thousand people in it, and Ukrainian and Lithuanian police battalions are used for the purpose instead of the German police.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Sail, then, in your ships, and lord it over your own battalion of Myrmidons.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I’d like five full battalions of Fremen troops before the first CHOAM audit.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The metallic scent of blood clogged the air, and curtains of smoke wafted over the Burning Plains, alternately concealing and revealing the knots, clumps, ranks, and battalions of thrashing bodies.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Sure enough, lumbering after the centaurs was a battalion of one-eyed ogres, both male and female, each about ten feet tall, wearing armor cobbled out of junkyard metal.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • And there were battalions of Men, too.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Yes, they give the battalions in the front line as much as they can but the ones in back are very short.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Hark, the wild wandering lines in black battalions, Heaven’s horns and hunters, dawn-bright hounds and stallions.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Harry said nothing; he did not much fancy doing his shopping while surrounded by a battalion of Aurors.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • To American authorities his identity was equally perplexing; a whole regiment of crack C.I.D. men had been thrown into the front lines to find out who he was, while a battalion of combat-hardened public-relations officers stood on red alert twenty-four hours a day with orders to begin publicizing him the moment he was located.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He had then roused his adjutant, turned over the battalion to him, and sent his orderly to wake up and bring his motorcyclist.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • I’d be shaking in my boots before a battalion commander and here was the regimental commander himself.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • When Brother Jacques used the word a sixth time and a weary battalion of students struggled to their feet to perform their task, Obie saw a small smile play on the lips of the teacher.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • He through the armed files Darts his experienced eye, and soon traverse The whole battalion views—their order due, Their visages and stature as of gods; Their number last he sums.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
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