vertical envelopment


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vertical envelopment

A tactical maneuver in which troops, either air-dropped or air-landed, attack the rear and flanks of a force, in effect cutting off or encircling the force.
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Even more frightening, maneuver swarms could be easily deployed by projectile to effect a vertical envelopment of a retreating enemy force and disrupt it sufficiently to allow the pursuing army to destroy it.
The use of helicopters to support vertical envelopment allows the insertion of a combat force without regard for geographic obstacles and to do so where the opponent may least expect.
Others were lost in combat, or are lost to history, but the efforts of these pilots to develop and perfect the then-evolving ideas of close air support and vertical envelopment made us a stronger, more-capable force.
Such an aircraft would give the Army the ability to conduct deep vertical envelopment operations as well as some degree of strategic deployability.
Such anachronisms can be bypassed by vertical envelopment or destroyed by precision munitions.