decisive engagement

decisive engagement

In land and naval warfare, an engagement in which a unit is considered fully committed and cannot maneuver or extricate itself. In the absence of outside assistance, the action must be fought to a conclusion and either won or lost with the forces at hand.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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"Well, then, your eminence," said the queen, "I must inform you that Charles I., my husband, is on the eve of a decisive engagement. In case of a check" (Mazarin made a slight movement), "one must foresee everything; in the case of a check, he desires to retire into France and to live here as a private individual.
He supposed that the general wished to make, incognito, one of those reviews of vigilance which every experienced captain never fails to make on the eve of a decisive engagement: he explained to himself the presence of Athos in this case as an inferior explains all that is mysterious on the part of his leader.
Another refurbished facility on the northwestern side of Kinmen features murals on the Battle of Guningtou, a decisive engagement in which ROC (Taiwan) forces drove back invading troops.
"We are grateful to our president for his strong and unflinching support for the prioritized modernization of our capabilities which can be brought to bear at the front, rear, and center of our decisive engagement," Kintanar told the crowd.
The country sought the international community's"decisive engagement" in achieving a just and lasting solution to conflicts like this in which children pay a heavy price.
Hopefully, we will get results soon once a decisive engagement has been made in the area, said Brig.
Unless a more serious and systemic reform of the Security Council, and a more consistent and decisive engagement to stem intrastate conflict can be found, the very idea of a global governance security regime will remain contested.
In 1813, the Sikhs laid siege of Attock Fort on Indus River and captured it after decisive engagement with Afghans at Mansur Plain NE of the fort.
Although modern aircraft carriers replaced the large battleships of Mahan's era, Mahan's remaining dogmas, specifically the iron rule of concentration and the annihilation of the enemy fleet in a single decisive engagement, shaped the opening salvos of the Pacific war.
This decisive engagement subsequently caused the remainder of the Taliban in Shah Wali Kot District to retreat from the area.
Faced with overwhelming odds, the Taliban is expected to avoid a decisive engagement.