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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the Rohirrim like to do this when they're playing TheCavalry. Both Erkenbrand's charge to break the siege on Helm's Deep and Théoden's attack at the Battle of Pelennor Fields happen at dawn.

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the Rohirrim like to do this when they're playing TheCavalry. Both Erkenbrand's charge to break the siege on Helm's Deep and Théoden's attack at the Battle of Pelennor Fields happen at dawn.



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3rd Jun '16 5:50:09 AM Morgenthaler
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11th May '16 12:25:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' episode "Hercules and the Lost Kingdom":

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* In ''MaskedRider,'' Dregon declares "We shall attack at dawn!" The MonsterOfTheWeek of the two-part premiere (Monster of the Fortnight?) appears late at night as a small sphere, assembles a freaky cyborg insect body from random junk in an awesome scene, and calmly stands in that spot to await daylight. Then, he strolls through town causing StuffBlowingUp with his customary TranquilFury. (''Don't'' expect the show to be this cool very often, alas.)
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Morgana takes over Camelot and sends Arthur and his allies running for their lives. Arthur gathers together his forces, prepares them throughout the night, and then takes back the city at dawn.

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* In ''MaskedRider,'' ''Series/MaskedRider,'' Dregon declares "We shall attack at dawn!" The MonsterOfTheWeek of the two-part premiere (Monster of the Fortnight?) appears late at night as a small sphere, assembles a freaky cyborg insect body from random junk in an awesome scene, and calmly stands in that spot to await daylight. Then, he strolls through town causing StuffBlowingUp with his customary TranquilFury. (''Don't'' expect the show to be this cool very often, alas.)
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', Morgana takes over Camelot and sends Arthur and his allies running for their lives. Arthur gathers together his forces, prepares them throughout the night, and then takes back the city at dawn.
8th May '16 2:04:10 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MackBolan discusses the trope with Jack Grimaldi as he waits for dawn to infiltrate a bad guy base, claiming that its effectiveness is psychological, with people instinctively relaxing as they're no longer in danger from night predators.

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* MackBolan Mack Bolan "Literature/TheExecutioner" discusses the trope with Jack Grimaldi as he waits for dawn to infiltrate a bad guy base, claiming that its effectiveness is psychological, with people instinctively relaxing as they're no longer in danger from night predators.
26th Apr '16 12:24:09 AM gemmabeta2
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Of course, the irony of this tactic is that it has been so heavily used that most military forces now use the practice called "Stand-To-Arms", where the entire defending force wakes up sometime before dawn and goes to a full defensive alert, with every soldier in their battle positions. In WWI this resulted in the rather ironic situation where an army would mobilize each morning to prepare for an attack that would never come--as the enemy was also busy standing-to-arms.

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Of course, the irony of this tactic is that it has been so heavily used that most military forces now use the practice called "Stand-To-Arms", where the entire defending force wakes up sometime before dawn and goes to a full defensive alert, with every soldier in their battle positions. In WWI WWI, this resulted in the rather ironic surreal situation where an army would mobilize each morning to prepare for an attack that would never can't possibly come--as the enemy was also busy standing-to-arms.
26th Apr '16 12:18:48 AM gemmabeta2
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Of course, the irony of this tactic is that it has been so heavily used that most military forces now use the practice called "Stand-To-Arms", where the entire defending force wakes up sometime before dawn and goes to a full defensive alert, with every soldier in their battle positions.

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Of course, the irony of this tactic is that it has been so heavily used that most military forces now use the practice called "Stand-To-Arms", where the entire defending force wakes up sometime before dawn and goes to a full defensive alert, with every soldier in their battle positions.
positions. In WWI this resulted in the rather ironic situation where an army would mobilize each morning to prepare for an attack that would never come--as the enemy was also busy standing-to-arms.
8th Apr '16 6:24:51 AM JackG
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* The army of [[ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId ID]] has a MasterComputer which tells them to attack at 3am instead of the traditional dawn attack. One of Rodney's men asks, what if the enemy has a more advanced model?

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* The army of [[ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId ID]] has a MasterComputer which tells them to attack at 3am instead of the traditional dawn attack. One of Rodney's men asks, asks; what if the enemy has a more advanced model?
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* Frequently used throughout history, as night combat was dangerous at best and devastating at worst: without proper lighting, it was terribly easy to get turned around and lost, potentially behind enemy lines or, even worse, behind your own. In the dark, anyone could be an enemy. Most historical battles would be fought during the day, and long battles would have each side "retire" for the night to prevent friendly fire. But a dawn attack meant your forces could gather close to an enemy at night, and attack once they had enough light to see.

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* Frequently used throughout history, as night combat was dangerous at best and devastating at worst: without proper lighting, it was terribly easy to get turned around and lost, potentially behind enemy lines or, even worse, behind your own. In the dark, anyone could be an enemy. Most historical battles would be fought during the day, and long battles would have each side "retire" for the night to prevent friendly fire. But a dawn attack meant your forces could gather close to an enemy at night, and attack once they had enough light to see.
8th Apr '16 6:23:57 AM JackG
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* Frequently used throughout history, as night combat was dangerous at best and devastating at worst: without proper lighting, it was terribly easy to get turned around and lost, potentially behind enemy lines or, even worse, behind your own. In the dark, anyone could be an enemy. Most historical battles would be fought during the day, and long battles would have each side "retire" for the night to prevent friendly fire.

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* Frequently used throughout history, as night combat was dangerous at best and devastating at worst: without proper lighting, it was terribly easy to get turned around and lost, potentially behind enemy lines or, even worse, behind your own. In the dark, anyone could be an enemy. Most historical battles would be fought during the day, and long battles would have each side "retire" for the night to prevent friendly fire. But a dawn attack meant your forces could gather close to an enemy at night, and attack once they had enough light to see.
8th Jan '16 8:28:12 PM JRDelta
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*The final Luftwaffe air raid in WW II, Operation Bodenplatte (Baseplate) on January 1, 1945, was scheduled to occur at dawn to take advantage of Allied pilots sleeping late due to New Years' celebrations. The section hitting RAF airfields in northern Belgium got off in good order and caused serious losses. But the squadrons assigned to hit U.S. bases were delayed for half an hour and ran smack into American dawn patrols. It didn't end well for them.
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