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a pass through which troops can march only in a narrow column or with a narrow front.
soldiers marching or fighting on foot; foot soldiers collectively.
soldiers who fought on horseback.
weapons (such as bows, slings, and catapults) for discharging missiles; a branch of an army armed with artillery.
a military discipline that uses information collection and analysis approaches to provide guidance and direction to commanders in support of their decisions;the collection of information of military or political value.
the discipline of planning and carrying out the movement and maintenance of military forces.
a place where troops or equipment in transit are assembled or processed.
all aspects of communications, or conveyance of information, by armed forces.
the act or process of surrounding and attacking a fortified place in such a way as to isolate it from help and supplies, for the purpose of lessening the resistance of the defenders and thereby making capture possible.
the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor,or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.
a confused fight, skirmish, or scuffle.
an attack by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy attack.
the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy.
the protection of a position, vehicle, or troops against enemy observation or gunfire.
the situation when a force or target is isolated and surrounded by enemy forces.
a volley of gunfire directed along a line from end to end.
attacking one or both of the enemy's flanks to encircle the enemy.
the right or left side of a body of people such as an army or a naval force
a military strategy where pitched battles and frontal assaults are avoided in favor of wearing down an opponent through a war of attrition and indirection.
a type of military operation, generally meaning retreating forces back while maintaining contact with the enemy.
a direct, hostile movement of forces toward the front of an enemy force (as compared to the flanks or rear of the enemy).
a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars, use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military.
The movement through or into an area or territory occupied by either friendly or enemy troops or organizations. The movement is made, either by small groups or by individuals, at extended or irregular intervals.
the act of delaying, disrupting, or destroying enemy forces or supplies en route to the battle area.
is commonly a group of personnel, such as law enforcement officers or military personnel, that are assigned to monitor a specific geographic area.
a light horse military tactic made famous in the West by the Parthians, an ancient Iranian people. While in real or feigned retreat their horse archers would turn their bodies back in full gallop to shoot at the pursuing enemy.
a body of troops or police officers, standing or moving in close formation.
a soldier or party of soldiers performing a particular duty.
a planned military encounter on a prearranged battleground; a violent or vigorous confrontation involving large numbers of people.
a battle in which both sides choose the fighting location and time. Either side has the option to disengage before the battle starts or shortly thereafter.
an episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets.
refers to combat forces that have been isolated by opposing forces from their logistical base and other friendly forces.
is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat.
a sudden attack on an enemy by troops, aircraft, or other armed forces in warfare.
a position in the hierarchy of the armed forces; a single line of soldiers or police officers drawn up abreast.
military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features.
a disorderly retreat of defeated troops.
To rob (a town, for example) of goods or valuables, especially after capture; The looting or pillaging of a captured city or town.
something (such as a promontory) that projects outward or upward from its surroundings; especially : an outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense.
a protective wall formed by interlocking the shields of foot soldiers.
an attack made by troops coming out from a position of defense.
a mounted sentry positioned beyond an army's outposts to observe the movements of the enemy.
may be undertaken as part of a general retreat, to consolidate forces, to occupy ground that is more easily defended, or to lead the enemy into an ambush.
a close combat weapon in which the main fighting part of the weapon is fitted to the end of a long shaft, typically of wood, thereby extending the user's effective range.
a catapult used in ancient warfare for hurling large stones; a large crossbow for firing a spear.
a device in which accumulated tension is suddenly released to hurl an object some distance, in particular.
a machine used in medieval siege warfare for hurling large stones or other missiles.
a small bomb thrown by hand or launched mechanically.
a large, heavy piece of artillery, typically mounted on wheels, formerly used in warfare.
an infantryman's light gun with a long barrel, typically smooth-bored, muzzle loading, and fired from the shoulder.
armor made of small metal rings linked together.
specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire; type of personal body armour made from iron or steel plates, culminating in the iconic suit of armour entirely encasing the wearer.
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