List of military tactics

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This page contains a list of military tactics.

General tactics[edit]

  • Exploiting prevailing weather – the tactical use of weather as a force multiplier has influenced many important battles throughout history, such as the Battle of Waterloo[1]
  • Fire attacks – reconnaissance by fire is used by apprehensive soldiers when they suspect the enemy is nearby
  • Force concentration – the practice of concentrating a military force against a portion of an enemy force[2]
  • Night combat – combat that takes place at night. It often requires more preparation than combat during daylight and can provide significant tactical advantages and disadvantages to both the attacker and defender[3]
  • Reconnaissance – a mission to obtain information by visual observation or other detection methods, about the activities and resources of the enemy or potential enemy, or about the meteorologic, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area.[4]

Small unit tactics[edit]

The use of suppressive fire is a key part of modern small unit tactics

Offensive tactics[edit]

The cavalry charge is a quintessential offensive military tactic

Defensive tactics[edit]

Defensive trenches were used commonly during World War I


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doughty, Robert. "Weather in War". The History Channel. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "SOME JUICY QUOTES FROM CLAUSEWITZ, ON WAR". The Clausewitz Homepage. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Toppe, Alfred. Night Combat. Google books. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Field Manual (FM) 7–92: The Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon and Squad (Airborne, Air Assault, Light Infantry). United States Army. 2001. p. 4.0. 
  5. ^ Glantz 2010, Preface
  6. ^ Gooderson, Ian (1997). Air Power at the Battlefront: Allied Close Air Support in Europe, 1943–45 (1. publ. ed.). London: F. Cass. p. 129. ISBN 0-7146-4680-6. 

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