Definition of forced march in English:

forced march


  • A fast march by soldiers, typically over a long distance.

    • ‘This was not a forced march of compliant soldiers doing their duty.’
    • ‘The forced march ended on September 23 when the expedition met the Nez Perce tribe.’
    • ‘He's a wiry, medium-size man, with a spiky two-week growth of beard and the hollow-eyed stare of a soldier on a long forced march.’
    • ‘The competition consisted of stands and activities beginning with a 15 km forced march in hot and humid conditions on day one, followed by a night navigation exercise.’
    • ‘After a forced march to a prisoner of war camp and a period of time there, during which he suffered from torture and near starvation, he escaped and traveled on foot through the jungle.’
    • ‘On landing the 7th Battalion of 5th Brigade begins a forced march towards Pegasus Bridge, to reinforce the glider force.’
    • ‘You learn it by leading your platoon at night on long forced marches over terrain you have never seen before.’
    • ‘Special general units have the ability to inspire your soldiers to defeat the enemy, and allow your troops to execute distinctive battle plans, such as ambushes, setting up entrenchments and forced marches.’
    • ‘An ill-timed short forced march or an assault will play in the enemy's hands.’
    • ‘Young soldiers practiced field firing and went on six-kilometer double-time forced marches in full combat gear in mountainous terrain.’
    hike, trek, tramp, slog, footslog, walk
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forced march

/ˌfɔːst ˈmɑːtʃ/