from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Soldiers specially chosen, trained, and armed to lead an attack.

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  • n. Plural form of shock troop.

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  • n. soldiers who are specially trained and armed to lead an assault


Translation of German Stosstruppen : Stoss, shock + Truppen, pl. of Truppe, troop.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Down them, to either side where his foemen lay, his shock troops thundered.

    Hokas Pokas

  • In Warsaw, these plainclothes shock troops who arrived by truck, the ones the students called Gestapo, were often workers 'militia, who were told that the student protesters were privileged kids who lived in the best apartments and took trips to Paris, all of which was by and large true.

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • This department is blessed with the Vogue-Word Watchers, shock troops of the Lexicographic Irregulars with eyes sharpened and ears cocked to catch the hot-hot in midflight.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • As occasion warranted, the light companies could also be detached from their “parent” regiments, brigaded together in a separate corps, and used as shock troops or advance guards for the main army.

    Angel in the Whirlwind


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