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Oct 21 2010
1 Trench warfare 4422
2 Blitzkrieg: A misnomer, usually associated with specific weapons systems (such as the use of tanks and aircraft) rather than as a technique. Blitzkrieg could be also referred to as the "Expanding Torrent" (Liddell Hart), Tukhachevsky's and the post 1960 Soviet theorists of 'Deep Battle', or even the 'OODA Loop' of contemporary US usage. Essentially, the ideas are the same. These include utilizing speed, manoeuvre, and the shock of sudden violence throughout the entire depth of an enemy's defence to create conditions of psychological shock in the minds of their troops and commanders. The idea is to beat them mentally, as a prelude to their destruction or surrender. Deep penetrations by raiding formations - such as a Soviet Operational Manoeuvre Group (OMG) or a battalion of air cavalry - coupled with disruptive techniques and air superiority wrest the initiative away from the enemy, keep them off balance and unable to react faster than one can exploit, and prevent them from establishing effective defences. 3288
3 Fortification 2847
4 Deception: Sun Tzu said that all war is based on deception back in the 4th century BC; a wise commander takes measures to let his opponent only react to the wrong circumstances. Diversionary attacks, feints, decoys; there are thousands of tricks that have been successfully used, and still have a role in the future. 2832
5 Reconnaissance 2324
6 * Minefields 2080
7 *False flag: An ancient ruse de guerre - in the days of sail, it was permissible for a warship to fly the flag of an enemy, so long as it properly hoisted its true colors before attacking. Wearing enemy uniforms and using enemy equipment to infiltrate or achieve surprise is possible. 2029
8 Siege 1881
9 Scorched earth 1798
10 Military camouflage: Camouflage is an ancient measure designed to deceive opponents and protect one's forces. Outlines have to be broken up, textures disguised, and reflective surfaces dulled. An example of this is the ghillie suit. Camouflage techniques also extend beyond the visible spectra that the human eye normally uses, as the same principles now need to work in infrared light, against starlight scopes and radar frequencies. 1789
11 Stealth technology 1773
12 *Barbed wire 1713
13 Booby traps 1517
14 Electronic warfare 1149
15 Preemptive Strike 988
16 Airborne operations 971
17 Amphibious operations 913
18 Ambush 674
19 Pincer movement 666
20 Human wave attack 646
21 Carpet bombing: The usage of massive bomber squadrons to annihilate an enemy city. While useful in destroy industrial might and wrecking the enemy's ability to wage war, it can often fail to impact civilian morale. During various stages of World War II, air raids against British and German cities became as routine for civilians as the weather. 558
22 Electronic countermeasures 501
23 Flanking maneuver 445
24 Force multiplication 428
25 Irregular warfare 404
26 Feint or diversionary attacks 378
27 Disinformation 376
28 *Perfidy: Soldiers tend to have assumptions and ideas of rules and fair practices in combat, but those combatants who raise surrender flags to lure their attackers in the open, or who act as stretcher bearers to deceive their targets tend to be especially disliked. 334
29 Flying wedge (used by Alexander the Great) 318
30 Infiltration tactics 279
31 Air interdiction 246
32 Charge 244
33 Hull-down (in armored warfare) 242
34 *Radio silence 188
35 Encirclement 175
36 Parthian shot 174
37 Hit-and-run tactics 152
38 Shock tactics 144
39 Fire and Movement 138
40 Force concentration A blade is edged so that it lands with more energy per square centimeter than an equally sized blunt object. Concentration of effort is a fighting force's edge. Once an aim is identified, earmark enough resources to achieve it and focus them on the task. 136
41 Highland charge 135
42 Shoot-and-scoot 133
43 Raiding: A small team is inserted deep behind enemy lines to capture a high valued individual or destroy a vital enemy installation then extracted before the enemy can respond. 130
44 Overwatch 119
45 Tank desant 118
46 *Sangars: In areas where the ground is too rocky for troops to dig in, they construct bullet resistant fighting positions by stacking stones. 110
47 Use of Supporting Fire 107
48 Hammer and anvil 102
49 Frontal assault 93
50 Breakout 87
51 Patrolling 76
52 Economy of force: A common principle of war; the attentive commander knows that his troops, equipment and supplies must be husbanded and used carefully, only if there is a good chance of success. 75
53 Rapid reaction force 72
54 Peaceful Penetration 56
55 Center Peel 55
56 Pakfront 50
57 High ground 49
58 Armoured spearhead 49
59 Base of fire 44
60 Inverted wedge 34
61 Four Fs 23
62 Force dispersal: This is not a principle of war, but is a very necessary practice in modern circumstances where contemporary firepower is so overwhelming. It is interesting to consider that in a kilometer wide battlefield, the Classic Greeks or Romans might have stuffed over 8,000 men in a front line formation, Wellington would consider half that number crowded; a World War One Army would deploy 1,000 men, and today's forces might use less than 100. 20
63 Interdiction - Severing or disrupting lines of communication and supply 18
64 Vertical envelopment 16
65 Saturation patrol 12
66 Defense in depth 8
67 *Shell scrapes 7
68 All round defense 5
69 Finnish motti tactics 5
70 Counter attack < 5
71 *Foxholes < 5
72 Hedgehog defense < 5
73 trench raiding < 5
74 the "refuse" (cavalry formation) < 5
75 Mechanized operations < 5
76 Counter battery fire < 5
77 Radio Jamming < 5
78 Infantry Minor Tactics < 5
79 Circumvallation < 5
80 *Revetting < 5
81 * Bounding Overwatch < 5
82 Basic Drill < 5
83 Armored operations < 5
84 Swarming (Military) < 5
85 Radar Jamming < 5
86 *Electronic counter-counter-measures < 5
87 Guerrilla < 5
88 Skirmish < 5


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