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
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
What are Encirclement Campaigns?
Introduction Encirclement campaigns were the campaigns launched by forces of the Chinese Nationalist Government against forces of the Communist Party of China during the early stage of the Chinese Civil War. Formulated by German advisors Hans von Seeckt and Alexander von Falkenhausen, the campaigns were launched between the late 1920s to the mid-1930s with the… Read More
What is Encirclement?
Introduction In military terms, an encirclement is the situation in which a force or target is isolated and surrounded by enemy forces. This situation is highly dangerous for the encircled force: at the strategic level, because it cannot receive supplies or reinforcements, and on the tactical level, because the units in the force can be… Read More
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