diversionary attack


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diversionary attack

An attack wherein a force attacks, or threatens to attack, a target other than the main target for the purpose of drawing enemy defenses away from the main effort. See also demonstration.
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Noun1.diversionary attack - an attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack
diversionary landing - an amphibious diversionary attack
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
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There would be a strike in Ireland, a major thrust down the west coast of England and a diversionary attack into Northumberland, led by the earls of March, Moray and Douglas.
This diversionary attack was supported by the explosion of a mine near the Double Crassier, north of the raiders' objectives.
Although planned as a diversionary attack, the fighting at Hougoumont continued on and off throughout the battle, steadily draining French troops.
KHARTOUM: South Sudanese forces have made a diversionary attack near the contested Abyei region, state-linked media in Khartoum said, as international pressure mounted Wednesday to pull the rivals back from the brink of all-out war.
It began with a diversionary attack at Lone Pine on the afternoon of 6 August 1915, which succeeded in taking a heavily defended complex of Turkish trenches but cost the lives of 2000 men of the 1 st Infantry Brigade.
They struck in a two-pronged assault after armoured vehicles and infantry from 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales Regiment lured Taliban fighters from the strongholds by launching a diversionary attack a few miles to the north.
There were technical hitches, as German artillery responded vigorously, but Royal Marines landed in a diversionary attack.
Regarding the question about whether Khe Sanh was meant as a diversionary attack or a main element of Tet, the author presents both sides of the argument, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions.
By nightfall, radio reports suggest two soldiers, probably from the Afghan National Army who have launched a diversionary attack from the south, have been killed and there is one T1 case - someone with a life-threatening wound.
A 12-man patrol, sent out on a diversionary attack, was ambushed with two killed and the rest wounded.
At about 2000 hours, with the enemy's indirect and small-arms fire continuing, a diversionary attack was launched on Tower 9, across the FOB from Tower 4.