What is Air Assault?

Introduction Air assault (also known by its original term ‘vertical envelopment’) is the movement of ground-based military forces by vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft – such as the helicopter – to seize and hold key terrain which has not been fully secured, and to directly engage enemy forces behind enemy lines. In addition to… Read More

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What is (Military) Envelopment?

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 is Cabbage Tactics?

Introduction Cabbage tactics is a militarily swarming and overwhelming tactic of seizing control of islands. It is a tactic to overwhelm and seize control of an island by surrounding and wrapping the island in successive layers of Chinese naval ships, China Coast Guard ships and fishing boats and cut-off the island from outside support. Refer… Read More

What is a Flanking Manoeuvre?

Introduction In military tactics, a flanking manoeuvre is a movement of an armed force around an enemy force’s side/flank to achieve an advantageous position over it. Flanking is useful because a force’s fighting strength is typically concentrated in its front, therefore to circumvent an opposing force’s front and attack its flank is to concentrate one’s… 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