holding attack

holding attack

An attack designed to hold the enemy in position, to deceive the enemy as to where the main attack is being made, to prevent the enemy from reinforcing the elements opposing the main attack, and/or to cause the enemy to commit the reserves prematurely at an indecisive location.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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In other words, it is a gigantic holding attack of great importance to the over-all picture but neither very satisfactory nor thrilling for the troops who have to do it."
The Cold Start Doctrine or a strategy is actually a war fighting scheme that calls on India's conventional forces to perform holding attacks before international intervention or before nuclear retaliation from Pakistan.
The doctrine intends to allow India's conventional forces to perform holding attacks to prevent nuclear retaliation from Pakistan in case of a conflict.