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  • Info A bridgehead (or bridge-head) is the strategically important area of ground around the end of a bridge or other place of possible crossing over a body of water which at time of conflict is sought to be defended/taken over by the belligerent forces.
  • Bridgeheads - unless close to enemy units - are removed if no longer needed for supply.
  • It took until early the next morning to break through the bridgehead just past the German lines.
  • The rest of the company were than able to cross the river and establish a bridgehead.
  • In that case a clear road for retirement to a bridgehead would be open. Cited from Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2, by Ian Hamilton
  • All troops not required to hold these bridgeheads were withdrawn west of the river.
  • Once across they established a bridgehead on the Ottoman bank of the river.
  • Until the bridgehead could be expanded, engineers had no hope of building a bridge.
  • All the time, infantry were moving through into the growing bridgehead.
  • An independent secondary bridge links bridgeheads that are part of the main ring or main bridge.
  • By midnight, all three companies were across and holding a narrow bridgehead on the far side.
  • Although planned for two tracks -- this can still be seen at various bridgeheads -- it opened as a single track.
  • During the action, the French seized a bridgehead on the south bank.
  • When they successfully reached the east bank, they moved into blocking positions to secure the bridgehead.
  • Even so, Charles had sufficient troops to attack the French bridgehead.
  • So he decided to wait a few days for the clearing of the bridgehead.
  • The bridgehead soon became the most critical position on the whole Narva front.
  • He also claimed that it served as a bridgehead for any northward invasion.
  • These bridgeheads offered good crossing sites over the river.
  • Many of the British soldiers were shot in the Jordan before the bridgehead could be established.
  • The main bridge is a bridge that connects the two main bridgeheads.
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Meaning of bridgehead

  • noun An area in hostile territory that has been captured and is held awaiting further troops and supplies
    an attempt to secure a bridgehead behind enemy lines, the only foothold left for British troops in Europe was Gibraltar
  • noun A defensive post at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy