flanking attack


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flanking attack

An offensive maneuver directed at the flank of an enemy. See also frontal attack.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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(16) After cursory discussion, Carhart then spends a chapter discussing Napoleonic tactics, including the manoeuvre sur les derrieres where Napoleon sent his reserve into the enemy rear area by way of a flanking attack. (17) Simplistic in conception, Napoleon deftly used this tactic to rip through a weakened enemy and topple the European powers arrayed against him.
The COte ROtie fell to a well-planned flanking attack.
Dubbed the "Indianhead Division" because of its distinctive patch, it was ordered to hold Kunu-ri and prevent a Chinese flanking attack on retreating troops of the U.S.