Soldier; French; in a shortened story, preparing for a big push? (9)
The answer is "ANTENATAL"
It is broken down as
"ANT" as in a soldier ant
"EN" french for in
"A" the a from the clue
"TAL(e)" A shortened version of tale meaning story
and of course the definition
"Preparing for a big push?"
I'm currently working on a full 15x15 crossword to put up but for now I'll leave you with a new clue to puzzle over.
Note's clue leading to sweet (4,4)