English translation: secure the rear / rear defence
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German to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Military / Defense / military
German term or phrase:rückwärtige Sicherung
"Kastell Aalen, das größte Truppenlager am raetischen Grenzabschnitt, diente der rückwärtigen Sicherung dieser Linie."
"Der Platz liegt 6 km von der Limeslinie entfernt und bildete seit etwa 90 n. Chr. bis zum Ende des Limes eine wichtige rückwärtige Sicherung der raetischen Grenzanlagen."
These quotes refer to two of the forts along the line of the Raetian limes, roughly 1st to 3rd centuries AD. They both stand back a few km from the limes, and the ordinary forts along it.
Kastell Aalen was an ala fort, and thus had a large contingent of mounted soldiers. The other (Gnotzheim) was a cohors fort, but may well have had a good proportion of mounted troops. The stretch rückwärtig gesichert by these two forts was roughly the largely straight section between Schwäbisch Gmund and Gunzenhausen (c. 50 km).
My wife comes from near Aalen, but, as musicians, neither of us is much up on the military terminology - what is rückwärtige Sicherung please?
A little difficult to choose here: I used "secure from the rear" in one case (Klaus + Fred) and "rear defence" in the other (Deborah), so I have three winners. Oh well thanks to all of these, and also to the others. Nice etymology from Kim (and a touch of mystery from EZBless :-) 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
NOUN: A detachment of troops that protects the rear of a military force.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English reregarde, from Old French : rere, backward (from Latin retr; see re- in Appendix I) + guarde, guard (from guarder, to defend; see guard).
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