Definition of observation post in US English:

observation post


  • A post for watching the movement of enemy forces or the effect of artillery fire.

    • ‘This technique uses one forward squad or fire team occupying a concealed observation post monitoring traffic at either a border crossing point, or a known smuggling route.’
    • ‘A Regional Forces Surveillance Vehicle follows the vermin-proof fence to get to the patrol observation post.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if a building such as a tower is occupied to serve as an artillery observation post, then we have a combat priority that overrides any consideration of personal security.’
    • ‘Having reached their objective, they discovered a gun emplacement and a large calibre machine gun and, assuming it belonged to the ‘enemy’, set up an observation post.’
    • ‘The job used to be more exciting, and I used to be asked to ride deep into ‘enemy’ territory, set up an observation post and report enemy movement.’
    assigned position, area of duty
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observation post

/ˌäbzərˈvāSHən pōst/