beach head's


the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold: The company has won a beachhead in the personal computer market.

1935–40; beach + head Unabridged
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beachhead (ˈbiːtʃˌhɛd)
1.  an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
2.  the object of an amphibious operation
[C20: modelled on bridgehead]

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1940, in ref. to Ger. military tactics in World War II, from beach + head, on the model of bridgehead, but the image doesn't quite work.
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