spoiling attack

spoiling attack

A tactical maneuver employed to seriously impair a hostile attack while the enemy is in the process of forming or assembling for an attack. Usually employed by armored units in defense by an attack on enemy assembly positions in front of a main line of resistance or battle position.
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The Indians themselves have admitted this as a spoiling attack which forced them to divert their attention to this side and thus could not continue with their offensive designs in Rahim Yar Khan sector.
When the French entered the war on the side of the Americans, the Culper Ring warned General Washington about a pending British spoiling attack on the newly arrived French forces.
Conducting a spoiling attack, the Tigrayan army made successful use of two forms of maneuver -- envelopment and frontal attack -- to annihilate an Italian brigade led by MG Matteo Albertonc.
Negus Negusti army conducted a spoiling attack which caught the Italians off guard.
Despite the brewer's spoiling attack, however, this will be a hard fight to win.
You can also launch pre-emptive strikes, spoiling attacks, or other manoeuvres that avoid trouble spots and get you quickly to your objective.
In an attempt to relieve pressure by anti-ISIS forces on numerous fronts, ISIS has recently launched spoiling attacks across Iraq, according to an Iraq situation (http://english.
With the success of his 1965 offensive strategy in stemming the tide of the communist offensive, Westmoreland seized the opportunity and altered his tactics in the early portion of 1966 by initiating spoiling attacks against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units throughout South Vietnam.
When Iraqi armored forces launched spoiling attacks into Saudi Arabia in late January 1991, and were summarily repulsed, it was evident that coalition forces were facing an inept, outgunned, and dispirited foe.