flying column

noun
: a strong military detachment that operates at a distance from the main force

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Mil.
(formerly) a force of troops equipped and organized to move swiftly and independently of a principal unit to which it is attached.
[1865-70]

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flying camp or flying column noun
A body of troops for rapid deployment from one place to another
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Main Entry:fly

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flying column,
a military force, now usually an armored force supported by motorized infantry and some artillery, that can move swiftly ahead or on the side of the main body.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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