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shock troops

plural noun, Military.
1.
troops especially selected, trained, and equipped for engaging in assault.
Origin of shock troops
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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Examples from the Web for shock troops
Contemporary Examples
  • Authorities pushed back by sending waves of shock troops behind riot shields into the streets.

Historical Examples
  • Only about 150 of his 300 'shock troops' had reached the market-place.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • It was one of the most efficient bodies of shock troops in our entire line.

    The Airlords of Han Philip Francis Nowlan
  • Two divisions of German shock troops had broken against a regiment of American fighting men.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • On June 16th the guns of the shock troops of the 7th and 11th Army opened a fire of such intensity as had never been heard before.

    The Russian Turmoil

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • Our best Army Corps, which were intended as shock troops, were opposed to the last three Armies mentioned above.

    The Russian Turmoil

    Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • We'll use my men as shock troops to beat back any particularly pressing attack.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • shock troops came to close grips with shock troops—and the Franco-American advance was not only sustained but extended.

  • No Stosstruppen, (shock troops,) no expert grenadiers or flame pumpers this time.

  • It was in fact indecisive, because the leader's shock troops had been used up, and the situation was crumbling from within.

British Dictionary definitions for shock troops

shock troops

plural noun
1.
soldiers specially trained and equipped to carry out an assault
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