My grandfather, his father, was a WW1 ace and was on the sortie which downed the Red Baron.
Palliated as may be his fault, it cannot be denied that, in this sortie, he was not what he had been.
All the signs pointed to a sortie in force from the fortifications.
The first point touched upon at this inquiry was the sortie from Compiègne.
There was no mistaking the ardour with which the soldiers prepared for the sortie.
I determined to make my sortie by way of the Temple Market and the Belleville abattoirs.
He told Thorvald what he had noted on the night of their sortie.
Then on the 14th we made a sortie and drew our friends into an ambush, in which they suffered still more heavily.
Parbleu, they must have had terrible work there since the sortie began.
The Russians never ceased firing, but attempted nothing more, and those who were hoping for a sortie were disappointed.
"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from French sortie (16c.), literally "a going out," noun use of fem. past participle of sortir "go out," from Vulgar Latin *surctire, from Latin surrectus, past participle of surgere "rise up" (see surge (n.)).