What is a Counter-Offensive?

Introduction A counter-offensive is a large-scale military strategic offensive operation, usually by forces that had successfully halted the enemy’s offensive, while occupying defensive positions. Background The counter-offensive is executed after exhausting the enemy’s front line troops and after the enemy reserves had been committed to combat and proven incapable of breaching defences, but before the… Read More


What is a Counterattack?

Introduction A counterattack is a tactic employed in response to an attack, with the term originating in “war games“. The general objective is to negate or thwart the advantage gained by the enemy during attack, while the specific objectives typically seek to regain lost ground or destroy the attacking enemy (this may take the form… Read More

Keep the Initiative…

“Whether in attacking, counterattacking, or defensive tactics, the idea of attacking should remain central, to always keep the initiative.” Vo Nguyen Giap (1911 to 2013) Võ Nguyên Giáp was a general in the Vietnam People’s Army and a politician. He is considered one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century.