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Offline t k

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---- roll up the flank
« on: October 12, 2018, 04:25:36 am »
The main Japanese supply depot was about a mile and a half behind E Company's new positions, and maybe he should try to capture that. Or he could roll up the flank. But the Major could not imagine that. The hole was a hole on paper.  (from The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "roll up the flank".  Thanks.  --- tk

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Re: ---- roll up the flank
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2018, 11:23:03 am »
The flanks are the sides - for example on a horse. Roll up the flank means to leave the centre of the enemy alone - at least for the moment - and to defeat the flanks - the sides of the enemy's presence.
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