One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A position taken by a member of a military force during, or in preparation for, battle.
2In plural The positions taken by military personnel collectively in preparation for battle; a signal sounded to call personnel to these positions. Also used as a command.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Sherer (1789–1869), army officer and writer. From battle + station.
battle station/ˈbatl ˌsteɪʃn/
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