rear echelon


: an element of a military headquarters or unit located at a considerable distance from the front and concerned especially with administrative and supply duties

Examples of rear echelon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That weapon enables the Ukrainians to attack deep into Russia’s rear echelon and destroy its ammunition depots, bases and other infrastructure, forcing the Russians to stretch their supply lines and hold reserve troops farther from the front. Peter Champelli, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 Ukrainian military officials have also discussed with American officials the importance of increasing pressure on Russia’s rear echelon in Crimea, which supports military operations elsewhere in Ukraine. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rear echelon was circa 1934

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“Rear echelon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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