Coup de main

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

A coup de main (pronounced [ku də mε̃]; plural: coups de main, French for blow with the hand[1][2]) is a swift attack that relies on speed and surprise to accomplish its objectives in a single blow.

Definition[edit]

The United States Department of Defense defines it as "An offensive operation that capitalizes on surprise and simultaneous execution of supporting operations to achieve success in one swift stroke." [3]

The term coup de main originally meant "by direct assault rather than by artillery".[4]

The first Allied airborne assault in World War II, during the invasion of Normandy, on Pegasus Bridge, is an example of a coup de main operation and is sometimes referred to as Operation Coup de Main though the actual code name for the British airborne attack was Operation Deadstick.

Examples[edit]

Emory Upton used the tactic for the Union Army during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.[5]

In popular media[edit]

  • A song by DJ Camel is titled "Le Coup de Main", referencing the ideas of a sudden and quick attack.[6]
  • A popular magazine from New Zealand is titled "Coup de Main".[7]
  • The ornament for the Exotic auto rifle, “SUROS Regime”, in the video game “Destiny 2” is called Coup de Main [8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ coup de main on Dictionary.com
  2. ^ In French, coup de main can also mean "a helping hand" (informal language), or "know-how" by common usage
  3. ^ Coup de Main, DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
  4. ^ Académie française (1765). Dictionnaire de l'Académie françoise. Chez les Libraires associés. p. 291. 
  5. ^ https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/bloody-horror-uptons-charge
  6. ^ "Upcoming songs". DJ Camel. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Homepage". Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  8. ^ "SUROS". Retrieved 2018-05-19. 

External links[edit]