reconnaissance in force


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reconnaissance in force

An offensive operation designed to discover and/or test the enemy's strength or to obtain other information.
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Noun1.reconnaissance in force - an offensive operation designed to discover or test the enemy's strength (or to obtain other information)
reconnaissance, reconnaissance mission - the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy); "an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission"
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In the predawn darkness of 19 August 1942, British Commandos, Canadian Infantry, and American Rangers stormed ashore at the French port of Dieppe in a reconnaissance in force. Their objective was to destroy the port, study German coastal defenses, and determine the best way to overcome them.
Reconnaissance in force is the polar opposite; the basic premise is drawing the enemy into a fight in such a way that he reveals the information about himself without him realizing that you are doing so and is a much quicker way of gaining information.
During its tour in Afghanistan, 11 BRF established reconnaissance in force as a tactic against the insurgents and it was a proven success.
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