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    SCENARIO:
    what about if you seize a junction town. the nearest town/city is about 30 miles away. ur enemy is in retreat throughout the local countryside. instead of marching on and extending ur supply lines you opt to hold this vital location and not march on. the aims are CONSOLIDATION and hopefully you will bleed your enemy dry.

    is this a strategic decision or a tactical decision??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    SCENARIO:
    what about if you seize a junction town. the nearest town/city is about 30 miles away. ur enemy is in retreat throughout the local countryside. instead of marching on and extending ur supply lines you opt to hold this vital location and not march on. the aims are CONSOLIDATION and hopefully you will bleed your enemy dry.

    is this a strategic decision or a tactical decision??
    Simply not enough information in the scenario given to be able to tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    The best tactic? A diplomatic solution which avoids war.
    Exactly. War means the diplomats have failed, and failed miserably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    IF you were in a desert war and you tried to outflank your enemy is this strategy or a tactic??
    Tactic.

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    a port town, adjacent to a river, is occupied by enemy troops. 1,000 troops are inside. Your battalion of 1100 troops is advancing along the coast.

    either try and attack them head on using a frontal land assault or you try to use the river to outflank them. half your troops try to enter the town from an amphibious assault. half from the land once the initial sneak amphibious attackis made.

    STRATEGY or TACTICAL?

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    A plan involving any small number of troops engaging in a single action or battle falls under the category of "tactics."

    The overall or over-arching plan for a war or a regional campaign is a "strategy".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    a port town, adjacent to a river, is occupied by enemy troops. 1,000 troops are inside. Your battalion of 1100 troops is advancing along the coast.

    either try and attack them head on using a frontal land assault or you try to use the river to outflank them. half your troops try to enter the town from an amphibious assault. half from the land once the initial sneak amphibious attackis made.

    STRATEGY or TACTICAL?
    Clearly tactics. Strategy is far broader and involves higher level thinking.

    There are all examples of strategic issues.

    We have limited forces and multiple targets. Which one do we attack?

    We will run out of gas if we pursue this enemy. Is it worth it?

    If we choose this course of action, we will be fighting on 2 fronts.

    Do we divert resources to build a 4 engine bomber?

    Should we use the Me-262 as an interceptor or to interdict bombing formations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Detective Mike Logan View Post
    i'm obsessed with the concept of military strategy and tactics in warfare? how comes sometimes an army of 200 men can defeat an army of 1000 men. are some ethnic groups more Spartan-like and genetically disposed to fighting wars??? no one is foolish enough to believe that. the answer must like in TACTICS!!

    everyone knows the germans had the best tactics in world 1 and 2 before they we're eventually overpowered by the cold Russian winter, sheer weight of numbers and overwhelming U.S technological supremacy. also how did we defeat napoleon? how did the visgoths defeat the romans? the afghans defeated the russians. even the Vietnamese defeated the americans in the Vietnam war- how so u might ask? THE ANSWER = TACTICS.

    its the only logical explanation. just like some football managers are excellent tacticians on the pitch some commanders excel when it comes to tactics and in-the-moment innovations on the battlefield. lets have a little discussion about tactics, strategy, strategic ports, communications etc......

    and who were the best battlefield stratgegists in military history? and indeed why were they so and what numerical odds did they overcome.
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Unless my memory is getting worse with age, it was written around 6th Century BC. The 13 chapters of that book are filled with nothing but military genius. Even today, the information in that book is valid, both on and off the battlefield. I recommend you looking it up and giving it a read. It should be easy to find.

    Good luck out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    A simplistic attitude. HOW one wins a war depends on many factors, who are you fighting, where you are fighting, why you are fighting, etc. etc. Tactics are an important factor of course, but logistics is almost always a deciding factor. And many times it's plain old dumb luck.
    Usually you gibber like a hamster in a cocaine test, but that was pretty damn smart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snikitz View Post
    Usually you gibber like a hamster in a cocaine test, but that was pretty damn smart.
    You should have heard me when I actually was high on cocaine much of the time.

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