- an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force.
Origin of counteroffensive
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Examples from the Web for counteroffensive
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Approximately 90 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its counteroffensive—among them were 22 children.Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story
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Essentially, US forces were sallying out to launch a counteroffensive to retake the city.'Stop Commuting to War'
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This counteroffensive had reached its end practically on July 6, 1918.
Since the beginning of the counteroffensive 30,000 German prisoners were taken.
Von Boehn, therefore, was hurriedly detached rearward to deal with the Belgian counteroffensive.
This was General Joffre's counteroffensive, and it developed in detail almost exactly along the lines that he had laid down.
South of the Lupkow the Germanic forces opened their counteroffensive on April 6, 1915.
- a series of attacks by a defending force against an attacking enemy
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