Commando

Com*man"do

(?), n. [D. See Command, v. t.] 1. In South Africa, a military body or command; also, sometimes, an expedition or raid; as, a commando of a hundred Boers.

The war bands, called commandos, have played a great part in the . . . military history of the country.
James Bryce.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. a usually small military unit trained to perform special missions, often behind enemy lines, and usually employing hit-and-run tactics. Such units often have the destruction of fixed targets, such as enemy installations, as their mission, in contrast to normal combat units which engage the enemy army directly.
[PJC]

3. a member of a commando{2} unit.
[PJC]

 

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