Introduction Envelopment is the military tactic of seizing objectives in the enemy’s rear with the goal of destroying specific enemy forces and denying them the ability to withdraw. Outline Rather than attacking an enemy head-on as in a frontal assault an envelopment seeks to exploit the enemy’s flanks, attacking them from multiple directions and avoiding… Read More
A Brief List of Military Tactics
This article contains a (non-exhaustive) list of military tactics. The meaning of the phrase is context sensitive, and has varied over time, like the difference between “strategy” and “tactics”. General General Point Outline Exploiting Prevailing Weather The tactical use of weather as a force multiplier has influenced many important battles throughout history, such as the… Read More
What is a Pincer Movement?
Introduction The pincer movement, or double envelopment, is a military tactic/manoeuvre in which forces simultaneously attack both flanks (sides) of an enemy formation. This classic manoeuvre holds an important foothold throughout the history of warfare. The pincer movement typically occurs when opposing forces advance towards the centre of an army that responds by moving its… Read More
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