In fact, ask any battalion leader and they will tell you that the point man is vital to a mission.
Up in the tower, Bucca was joined by battalion Chief Orio Palmer, who had managed to get a freight elevator to bring him part way.
Our battalion suffered six fatalities in a three-week period.
1580s, from Middle French bataillon (16c.), from Italian battaglione "battle squadron," from diminutive of Vulgar Latin battalia "battle," from Latin bauttere "to beat" (see batter (v.)). Specific sense of "part of a regiment" is from 1708.
Madame, lui répondit-il, ne vous y fiez pas: j'ay tôujours vû Dieu do coté des gros Batallions. [E.Boursault, 1702]