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battalion
used in War and Peace

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a large group of soldiers — especially an army unit consisting of a headquarters and at least three companies
  • Prince Bagration ordered two battalions from the center to be sent to reinforce the right flank.
    Book Two — 1805 (77% in)
  • Though the words of the order were not clear to the regimental commander, and the question arose whether the troops were to be in marching order or not, it was decided at a consultation between the battalion commanders to present the regiment in parade order, on the principle that it is always better to "bow too low than not bow low enough."
    Book Two — 1805 (1% in)
  • "Well, Michael Mitrich, sir?" he said, addressing one of the battalion commanders who smilingly pressed forward (it was plain that they both felt happy).
    Book Two — 1805 (1% in)
  • The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
    Book Two — 1805 (1% in)
  • Didn't I tell you, Michael Mitrich, that if it was said 'on the march' it meant in greatcoats?" said he reproachfully to the battalion commander.
    Book Two — 1805 (2% in)
  • At last the baggage wagons had all crossed, the crush was less, and the last battalion came onto the bridge.
    Book Two — 1805 (34% in)
  • The officer sends for Auersperg; these gentlemen embrace the officers, crack jokes, sit on the cannon, and meanwhile a French battalion gets to the bridge unobserved, flings the bags of incendiary material into the water, and approaches the tete-de-pont.
    Book Two — 1805 (56% in)
  • The French battalion rushes to the bridgehead, spikes the guns, and the bridge is taken!
    Book Two — 1805 (57% in)
  • Several battalions of soldiers, in their shirt sleeves despite the cold wind, swarmed in these earthworks like a host of white ants; spadefuls of red clay were continually being thrown up from behind the bank by unseen hands.
    Book Two — 1805 (68% in)
  • The officer of the suite ventured to remark to the prince that if these battalions went away, the guns would remain without support.
    Book Two — 1805 (77% in)
  • About Tushin and the battalion that had been in support of his battery all was forgotten.
    Book Two — 1805 (78% in)
  • Turning to his adjutant he ordered him to bring down the two battalions of the Sixth Chasseurs whom they had just passed.
    Book Two — 1805 (80% in)
  • The staff officer joined in the colonel's appeals, but Bagration did not reply; he only gave an order to cease firing and re-form, so as to give room for the two approaching battalions.
    Book Two — 1805 (80% in)
  • The remains of our regiment which had been in action rapidly formed up and moved to the right; from behind it, dispersing the laggards, came two battalions of the Sixth Chasseurs in fine order.
    Book Two — 1805 (81% in)
  • Our fugitives returned, the battalions re-formed, and the French who had nearly cut our left flank in half were for the moment repulsed.
    Book Two — 1805 (89% in)
  • The general whose regiment had been inspected at Braunau was informing the prince that as soon as the action began he had withdrawn from the wood, mustered the men who were woodcutting, and, allowing the French to pass him, had made a bayonet charge with two battalions and had broken up the French troops.
    Book Two — 1805 (97% in)
  • "When I saw, your excellency, that their first battalion was disorganized, I stopped in the road and thought: 'I'll let them come on and will meet them with the fire of the whole battalion'—and that's what I did."
    Book Two — 1805 (97% in)
  • "When I saw, your excellency, that their first battalion was disorganized, I stopped in the road and thought: 'I'll let them come on and will meet them with the fire of the whole battalion'—and that's what I did."
    Book Two — 1805 (97% in)
  • There will soon be a battalion of us aides-de-camp and adjutants!
    Book Three — 1805 (52% in)
  • Rostov saw the Cossacks and then the first and second squadrons of hussars and infantry battalions and artillery pass by and go forward and then Generals Bagration and Dolgorukov ride past with their adjutants.
    Book Three — 1805 (56% in)
  • They are the same battalions you broke at Hollabrunn and have pursued ever since to this place.
    Book Three — 1805 (73% in)
  • I will myself direct your battalions.
    Book Three — 1805 (73% in)
  • The adjutants and battalion and regimental commanders mounted, crossed themselves, gave final instructions, orders, and commissions to the baggage men who remained behind, and the monotonous tramp of thousands of feet resounded.
    Book Three — 1805 (74% in)
  • He could not look calmly at the standards of the passing battalions.
    Book Three — 1805 (79% in)
  • "Do order them to form into battalion columns and go round the village!" he said angrily to a general who had ridden up.
    Book Three — 1805 (79% in)
  • Overtaking the battalions that continued to advance, he stopped the third division and convinced himself that there really were no sharpshooters in front of our columns.
    Book Three — 1805 (80% in)
  • The troops again began to move, and two battalions of the Novgorod and one of the Apsheron regiment went forward past the Emperor.
    Book Three — 1805 (82% in)
  • As this Apsheron battalion marched by, the red-faced Miloradovich, without his greatcoat, with his Orders on his breast and an enormous tuft of plumes in his cocked hat worn on one side with its corners front and back, galloped strenuously forward, and with a dashing salute reined in his horse before the Emperor.
    Book Three — 1805 (82% in)
  • "Bolkonski!" he whispered, his voice trembling from a consciousness of the feebleness of age, "Bolkonski!" he whispered, pointing to the disordered battalion and at the enemy, "what's that?"
    Book Three — 1805 (85% in)
  • "Hurrah!" shouted Prince Andrew, and, scarcely able to hold up the heavy standard, he ran forward with full confidence that the whole battalion would follow him.
    Book Three — 1805 (85% in)
  • One soldier moved and then another and soon the whole battalion ran forward shouting "Hurrah!" and overtook him.
    Book Three — 1805 (85% in)
  • A sergeant of the battalion ran up and took the flag that was swaying from its weight in Prince Andrew's hands, but he was immediately killed.
    Book Three — 1805 (85% in)
  • Prince Andrew again seized the standard and, dragging it by the staff, ran on with the battalion.
    Book Three — 1805 (85% in)
  • Prince Andrew and the battalion were already within twenty paces of the cannon.
    Book Three — 1805 (85% in)
  • In the rearguard, Dokhturov and others rallying some battalions kept up a musketry fire at the French cavalry that was pursuing our troops.
    Book Three — 1805 (95% in)
  • Twice the marauders even attack our headquarters, and the commander in chief has to ask for a battalion to disperse them.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (40% in)
  • The Emperors exchanged decorations: Alexander received the Cross of the Legion of Honor and Napoleon the Order of St. Andrew of the First Degree, and a dinner had been arranged for the evening, given by a battalion of the French Guards to the Preobrazhensk battalion.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (90% in)
  • The Emperors exchanged decorations: Alexander received the Cross of the Legion of Honor and Napoleon the Order of St. Andrew of the First Degree, and a dinner had been arranged for the evening, given by a battalion of the French Guards to the Preobrazhensk battalion.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (90% in)
  • The Emperor rode to the square where, facing one another, a battalion of the Preobrazhensk regiment stood on the right and a battalion of the French Guards in their bearskin caps on the left.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (94% in)
  • The Emperor rode to the square where, facing one another, a battalion of the Preobrazhensk regiment stood on the right and a battalion of the French Guards in their bearskin caps on the left.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (94% in)
  • As the Tsar rode up to one flank of the battalions, which presented arms, another group of horsemen galloped up to the opposite flank, and at the head of them Rostov recognized Napoleon.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (94% in)
  • The battalions shouted "Hurrah!" and "Vive l'Empereur!"
    Book Five — 1806-07 (95% in)
  • Alexander and Napoleon, with the long train of their suites, approached the right flank of the Preobrazhensk battalion and came straight up to the crowd standing there.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (95% in)
  • "Will Your Majesty allow me to consult the colonel?" said Alexander and took a few hasty steps toward Prince Kozlovski, the commander of the battalion.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (95% in)
  • The Preobrazhensk battalion, breaking rank, mingled with the French Guards and sat down at the tables prepared for them.
    Book Five — 1806-07 (97% in)
  • I know the number of your battalions as exactly as I know my own.
    Book Nine — 1812 (24% in)
  • After the affair at Ostrovna he was brought into notice, received command of an hussar battalion, and when a brave officer was needed he was chosen.
    Book Nine — 1812 (65% in)
  • ...when the Rostovs got out of their carriage at the chapel, the sultry air, the shouts of hawkers, the light and gay summer clothes of the crowd, the dusty leaves of the trees on the boulevard, the sounds of the band and the white trousers of a battalion marching to parade, the rattling of wheels on the cobblestones, and the brilliant, hot sunshine were all full of that summer languor, that content and discontent with the present, which is most strongly felt on a bright, hot day in town.
    Book Nine — 1812 (73% in)
  • Following the battalion that marched along the dusty road came priests in their vestments—one little old man in a hood with attendants and singers.
    Book Ten — 1812 (59% in)
  • The red-nosed Captain Timokhin, formerly Dolokhov's squadron commander, but now from lack of officers a battalion commander, shyly entered the shed followed by an adjutant and the regimental paymaster.
    Book Ten — 1812 (64% in)
  • Prince Andrew remained silent, and his expression was so forbidding that Pierre addressed his remarks chiefly to the good-natured battalion commander.
    Book Ten — 1812 (65% in)
  • "Yes," replied Prince Andrew, "but with this little difference, that in chess you may think over each move as long as you please and are not limited for time, and with this difference too, that a knight is always stronger than a pawn, and two pawns are always stronger than one, while in war a battalion is sometimes stronger than a division and sometimes weaker than a company.
    Book Ten — 1812 (66% in)
  • The soldiers in my battalion, believe me, wouldn't drink their vodka!
    Book Ten — 1812 (67% in)
  • "Why ride into the middle of the battalion?" one of them shouted at him.
    Book Ten — 1812 (79% in)
  • "Send Claparede's division, sire," replied Berthier, who knew all the divisions regiments, and battalions by heart.
    Book Ten — 1812 (87% in)
  • The regiment stood in columns of battalion, three hundred paces apart, but nevertheless the men were always in one and the same mood.
    Book Ten — 1812 (92% in)
  • He listened with weary ears to the ever-recurring sounds, distinguishing the whistle of flying projectiles from the booming of the reports, glanced at the tiresomely familiar faces of the men of the first battalion, and waited.
    Book Ten — 1812 (93% in)
  • Probably many had been hit—a large crowd had gathered near the second battalion.
    Book Ten — 1812 (93% in)
  • From the other side a battalion commander rode up.
    Book Ten — 1812 (93% in)
  • "Look out!" came a frightened cry from a soldier and, like a bird whirring in rapid flight and alighting on the ground, a shell dropped with little noise within two steps of Prince Andrew and close to the battalion commander's horse.
    Book Ten — 1812 (93% in)
  • Some eight people had come to see him that evening: the secretary of a committee, the colonel of his battalion, his steward, his major-domo, and various petitioners.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (25% in)
  • In reply to an inquiry about the convicts in the prison, Count Rostopchin shouted angrily at the governor: "Do you expect me to give you two battalions—which we have not got—for a convoy?
    Book Eleven — 1812 (59% in)
  • When Kutuzov was informed that at the French rear—where according to the reports of the Cossacks there had previously been nobody—there were now two battalions of Poles, he gave a sidelong glance at Ermolov who was behind him and to whom he had not spoken since the previous day.
    Book Thirteen — 1812 (29% in)
  • * * Large battalions are always victorious.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (7% in)
  • Ten men, battalions, or divisions, fighting fifteen men, battalions, or divisions, conquer—that is, kill or take captive—all the others, while themselves losing four, so that on the one side four and on the other fifteen were lost.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (9% in)
  • Ten men, battalions, or divisions, fighting fifteen men, battalions, or divisions, conquer—that is, kill or take captive—all the others, while themselves losing four, so that on the one side four and on the other fifteen were lost.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (9% in)
  • But Dolokhov restarted the conversation which had dropped and began putting direct questions as to how many men there were in the battalion, how many battalions, and how many prisoners.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (48% in)
  • But Dolokhov restarted the conversation which had dropped and began putting direct questions as to how many men there were in the battalion, how many battalions, and how many prisoners.
    Book Fourteen — 1812 (48% in)
  • Suddenly the diplomatists and monarchs nearly quarreled and were on the point of again ordering their armies to kill one another, but just then Napoleon arrived in France with a battalion, and the French, who had been hating him, immediately all submitted to him.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (75% in)

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