Once more unto the breach

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Wookie

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Korea, Korean
Once more unto the breach.

What does this mean? It looks like a kind of stock phrase.
 
  • GreenWhiteBlue

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    USA - English
    The "breach" is a break the soldiers have made in the wall of the city. (And notice in their spelling the common ancestry of "breach" and "break".) In medieval warfare, when cities commonly had walls, if a break were made in the wall (for example, through bombardment or undermining) it would naturally be the place to focus the attack.
     
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