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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But music, not words, was the cultural beachhead of the new invasion.
▪ In 1976 the counterculture still had a solid beachhead in Athens, Ohio.
▪ In support of the build-up of beachheads, naval ships, directed by observers ashore with assault forces, fired on shore targets.
▪ Many journeys of pilgrimage are made to the invasion beachheads.
▪ Westerners call what they have established out here a civilization, but it would be more accurate to call it a beachhead.
▪ What they seem not to understand is how difficult it will be just to hang on to the beachhead they have made.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

beachhead \beach"head`\ n. an area in hostile territory that has been occupied and is held to allow aditional troops and supplies to enter.

Syn: bridgehead, foothold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1940, in reference to German military tactics in World War II, from beach (n.) + head (n.), on the model of bridgehead, but the image doesn't quite work.


n. 1 (context military English) An area of hostile territory (especially on a beach) that, when captured, serves for the continuous landing (or movement into position) of further troops and material 2 (context by extension English) an initial success that ensures the possibility of further advances in a project; a foothold

  1. n. a bridgehead on the enemy's shoreline seized by an amphibious operation; "the Germans were desperately trying to contain the Anzio beachhead"

  2. an initial accomplishment that opens the way for further developments; "the town became a beachhead in the campaign to ban smoking outdoors"; "they are presently attempting to gain a foothold in the Russian market" [syn: foothold]


A beachhead is a temporary line created when a military unit reaches a landing beach by sea and begins to defend the area while other reinforcements help out until a unit large enough to begin advancing has arrived. The term is sometimes used interchangeably (both correctly and incorrectly) with bridgehead and lodgement. Beachheads were very important in operations such as Operation Neptune during World War II, the Korean War (especially at Inchon), and the Vietnam War, among many other examples.

Although many references state that Operation Neptune refers to the naval operations in support of Operation Overlord, the most reliable references make it clear that Overlord refers to the establishment of a large-scale lodgement in Normandy, and that Neptune refers to the landing phase which created the beachhead; i.e. Neptune was the first part of Overlord. According to the D-Day Museum:

Once an amphibious assault starts, victory tends to go to the side which can reinforce the beachhead most quickly. There are exceptions to this rule where the amphibious forces have not expanded from their beachheads quickly enough to create a lodgement area before the defenders can reinforce their positions. Two famous examples in which the attackers failed to expand their beachheads before the defending side could bring up reinforcements occurred during the landing at Suvla Bay in the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I and the amphibious landing at Anzio (in Operation Shingle) during the Italian Campaign of World War II.

Beachhead (disambiguation)

A beachhead is the line created when a unit reaches a beach by sea and begins to defend that area of beach.

Beachhead or Beach Head may also refer to:

  • Beachhead (film) a 1954 film starring Tony Curtis and Frank Lovejoy
  • "Beachhead" (Stargate SG-1), a Stargate SG-1 episode
  • Beach Head (G.I. Joe), a fictional character in the G.I. Joe universe
  • Beach Head (video game), a 1983 video game
    • Beach Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back, a 1985 sequel to the video game
  • Beach Head 2000, a remake of the 1983 game
Beachhead (film)

Beachhead is a 1954 Technicolor war film based on Captain Richard G. Hubler USMCR's 1945 novel I've Got Mine. It was filmed in Kauai by Aubrey Schenck Productions, released through United Artists and directed by Stuart Heisler.

Usage examples of "beachhead".

Right afterward the Arg fighter-bombers hit the beachhead with bombs and machine-gun fire, killing forty-seven men, injuring another fifty, and wiping out five of our six attack helicopters.

The ideal time for establishment of their beachhead in Auca territory would be early January during the full of the moon.

Black Prince and Erebus, for 50 minutes following H-hour, bombarded heavy German batteries north of the beachhead, using air spot.

Suddenly it all made sense, this mad rush to throw beachheads and encirclement forces at the Human worlds.

Five more beachheads, before their first three target worlds had even been pacified?

The fourth and fifth Zhirrzh beachheads were now established on Human-Conqueror worlds, with encirclement forces on guard overhead.

Warrior Command was preparing expeditionary forces against more of the Human worlds, forces that were supposedly going to be launched before the current beachheads were anything but minimally secured.

CIRCE against us implies that our beachheads have indeed trapped one or more of its components out of their reach.

There was a war for survival under way, with Zhirrzh beachheads under constant threat and an assault fleet poised for a make-or-break attack on the Human-Conqueror surveillance installations on Phormbi.

The eight beachheads they held in Human-Conqueror territory were still holding firm under enemy pressure, though three of them just barely.

Tierra del Fuego, blocked explosive harpoons with their Zodiacs, lived for months at a time in Antarctica, established a beachhead on the Siberian coast.

Deux Magots, where the existentialists had established their original beachhead.

He had opened a posh nightspot in the heart of downtown Phoenix, seeking thus to establish a beachhead, to drive home a wedge that would pry the town open for full-scale invasion.

They'd survived a dismasting off Tierra del Fuego, blocked explosive harpoons with their Zodiacs, lived for months at a time in Antarctica, established a beachhead on the Siberian coast.

If they would but suck Halsey out of the way, he could perhaps bull through San Bernardino Strait and annihilate the MacArthur beachhead with his giant guns.