My grandfather, his father, was a WW1 ace and was on the sortie which downed the Red Baron.
Palliated as may be his fault, it cannot be denied that, in this sortie, he was not what he had been.
On the same day the second sortie occurred from Strassbourg.
The first point touched upon at this inquiry was the sortie from Compiègne.
None else too blind for the trail and too feeble for the sortie (with grim humor)—but I can drum.
I determined to make my sortie by way of the Temple Market and the Belleville abattoirs.
Meanwhile a sortie from the American fort on their rear had a menacing success.
Then on the 14th we made a sortie and drew our friends into an ambush, in which they suffered still more heavily.
Could we not make a sortie and destroy the boats that lay down there all undefended?
The Russians never ceased firing, but attempted nothing more, and those who were hoping for a sortie were disappointed.
"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from French sortie (16c.), literally "a going out," noun use of fem. past participle of sortir "go out," from Vulgar Latin *surctire, from Latin surrectus, past participle of surgere "rise up" (see surge (n.)).