a group of officers who are without command and whose duty is to assist high commanders in planning and carrying out orders in peace and war.
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How to use general staff in a sentence
On July 11, 2006 Ehud Olmert met with the IDF general staff at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
Former Chief of general staff Sir General Mike Jackson said Harry had breached the “11th commandment” by getting caught.British General: Harry 'Broke 11th Commandment' by Getting Caught | Tom Sykes | September 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last July the entire Turkish general staff resigned in protest at a previous round of arrests.General Basbug’s Arrest Underscores Growing Civilian Power in Turkey | Owen Matthews | January 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Berthier's business was to win over the general staff, Murat the cavalry, Marmont the artillery, and Lannes the infantry.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
I rose hastily, mounted my horse, and spurred to the rendezvous of the general staff.
The things these fellows produce are all read and checked by competent general staff Officers.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Piépape has never been a general staff Officer before; by training, bent of mind and experience he is an administrator.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The burly man was evidently a personage of importance, and his shoulder straps indicated that he was a major of the general staff.Warrior Gap | Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for general staff
officers assigned to advise commanders in the planning and execution of military operations
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