Definitions for "Forlorn hope"
Keywords:  verloren, troop, soldiers, hoop, breach
little chance of success 16C Du verloren hoop "lost troop", select soldiers to start battle
First storming party into a breach, usually volunteers under a junior officer, who drew enemy fire. Officers and sergeants who survived were usually rewarded with promotion.
a small group of soldiers that went ahead of the storming party into the breach to cover the placement of ladders etc.
a hopeless or desperate enterprise