CORPS

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CORPS (French for body); a word often used in military language, many of the terms of which are derived from the French, they having begun the organization of armies on the system which now prevails. The term is applied to various kinds of divisions of troops.Corps d'arnUe is one of the largest divisions of an army (the German Heeresabtheilung). Corps de garde; a post occupied by a body of men on watch; also the body which occupies it.Corps de reserve; a body of troops kept out of the action, with a view of being brought forward, if the troops previously engaged are beaten, or cannot follow up their victory, or are disorganized.Corps volant (a flying body) is a body intended for rapid movements. It is always rather small.Corps de bataille is the main body of an army, drawn up for battle between the wings.