But suddenly their rear guards discovered the Germans were also retreating.
They were in their own country, where no rear guards were necessary.
The rear guards were so near that they could have touched them with their guns.
One half of my regiment was assigned as rear guards and marched therefore, in the rear of the column behind the wagon train.
I formed a square of twelve ranks of thirteen men each, closing front, side, and rear guards with halberds and pikes.
Italian rear guards vainly endeavored to stem the advance of the armies of the Central Powers.
The Turkish rear guards fought stubbornly and offered considerable opposition.
The columns were united into a narrow rectangle by the advanced and rear guards.
We are the only cavalry attached to the column, so that we have to do all the scouting, front and rear guards.
Only by van and rear guards and flanking parties, and maintaining a brisk fire can the assailants be kept at bay.