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15th Nov '16 6:53:39 PM Thunderchin
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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' is an entire film of Delaying Action. The [[ImplacableMan T-1000]] is so strong, NighInvulnerable, and cannot be stopped. Each encounter with it is merely trying to slow it down and escape it for the time being.


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* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''
** The first is the level "Heat", where Bravo Six jury-rigs the terrain they hold with explosives and uses the minigun from a crashed chopper to slow down the advancing [=OpFor=] troops. Their goal is to retreat to the top of a hill while an extraction helo can land there, but the helo ends up landing at the bottom of the hill ''just ceded to the enemy''.
** "Sins of the Father", the very next level, has the enemy trying to slow down Bravo Six while [[spoiler:Zakhaev's son escapes]].
** "Game Over" ends its car chase on a bridge, with our protagonists [[spoiler:failing to hold out on said bridge long enough for reinforcements]].
** From the second game: "The [[spoiler:Washington, D.C.]] evac site is getting hit hard, and we need to buy 'em some time. Hooah?"
** Also from the second game. Once [[spoiler:General Shepherd]] realizes it's [[TheDreaded Soap and Price]] in his base killing his dudes, he merely orders a scuttling of all intelligence items and an evacuation, having successive fire teams delay the pair.
** The third game revisits the car chase and bridge holdout of the first game in the mission "Iron Lady". [[spoiler:Metal 0-1 is successful at it this time.]]
** With "Scorched Earth" being the two sides racing each other to the objective, both factions are trying to delay one another. The Ultranationalists are victorious once they resort to [[spoiler:dropping a goddamn skyscraper on advancing forces.]]
** And finally, yet another villainous example. In "Dust to Dust", [[spoiler:Price and Yuri are rampaging through Makarov's hiding spot]], forcing the Inner Circle to barricade themselves in until the chopper arrives.
13th Feb '16 1:43:52 PM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fifteenth book ''Skin Game'' has [[spoiler:Waldo Butters]] realize the bad guys are about to burn the house he is in, killing him, an incapacitated Harry Dresden, and the children hiding there. So, he chooses to rush out, knowing he will likely die, but hopes the Cavalry will make it in time to save everyone else. [[spoiler: This act of faith against extreme odds, culminating with others choices, allowed Butters to reawaken a broken power and defeat the evildoers]].
* The ''Literature/CodexAlera'' third book has Acting-Captain Rufus Scipio having to hold a town and bridge against an invading force of 50,000 wolfmen, who are on average 8ft tall and some are powerful blood mages. If they take the bridge, they will have open access to much of Alera. He knows help isn't coming, but the civilians from the town are escaping still. He needs his men to hold [[spoiler:until high noon, when he will have his own magic knights use telescope-magic, originally meant to allow people to see great distances, to create a magnify-glass-like section, intensifying the heat of the sun's rays onto a powerful fire-mage knight, who reflects it onto the wolfmen]].
19th Jan '16 7:37:11 PM jormis29
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* Several times in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''. The final mission has your Night Elves and allied humans and orcs stalling Archimonde and the Burning Legion as they march on the World Tree, until Malfurion can gather enough Wisps to kill the demon lord when he tries to claim the tree's power.

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* Several times in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''. The final mission has your Night Elves and allied humans and orcs stalling Archimonde and the Burning Legion as they march on the World Tree, until Malfurion can gather enough Wisps [[WillOTheWisp Wisps]] to kill the demon lord when he tries to claim the tree's power.
2nd Oct '15 4:34:49 PM AFP
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* Soon after the Japanese attacks on American forces in Hawaii and the Philippines, the US Asiatic Fleet and other Allied naval forces in the Pacific, making up the ABDA[[note]] American, Britain, Dutch, Australian[[/note]] Force found themselves in this situation due to their lack of any heavy-hitting forces [[note]]the Asiatic Squadron mostly consisted of cruisers, destroyers, and submarines, and was mostly considered a Fleet alongside the Pacific and Atlantic fleets due to the prestige associated with its duties representing the US around Asia[[/note]], compounded by poor peacetime training and the notoriously flaky American early-war torpedoes. They spent the first six months of the war harassing Japanese naval forces and attempting to disrupt landing forces, but were badly outnumbered. By the time US forces in the Philippines surrendered in May of 1942, the Asiatic Squadron had lost 19 out of 40 surface ships, with most of the rest retreating to Australia. The remnants of the Asiatic Fleet regrouped with the Pacific Fleet, and the Asiatic Fleet was never formed again.

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* Soon after the Japanese attacks on American forces in Hawaii and the Philippines, the US Asiatic Fleet and other Allied naval forces in the Pacific, making up the ABDA[[note]] American, Britain, Dutch, Australian[[/note]] Force found themselves in this situation due to their lack of any heavy-hitting forces [[note]]the Asiatic Squadron Fleet mostly consisted of cruisers, destroyers, and submarines, and was mostly considered a Fleet alongside the Pacific and Atlantic fleets due to the prestige associated with its duties representing the US around Asia[[/note]], compounded by poor peacetime training and the notoriously flaky American early-war torpedoes. They spent the first six months of the war harassing Japanese naval forces and attempting to disrupt landing forces, but were badly outnumbered. By the time US forces in the Philippines surrendered in May of 1942, the Asiatic Squadron Fleet had lost 19 out of 40 surface ships, with most of the rest retreating to Australia. The remnants of the Asiatic Fleet regrouped with the Pacific Fleet, and the Asiatic Fleet was never formed again.
2nd Oct '15 4:34:02 PM AFP
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* Soon after the Japanese attacks on American forces in Hawaii and the Philippines, the US Asiatic Fleet and other Allied naval forces in the Pacific, making up the ABDA[[note: American, Britain, Dutch, Australian]] Force found themselves in this situation due to their lack of any heavy-hitting forces [[note: the Asiatic Squadron mostly consisted of cruisers, destroyers, and submarines, and was mostly considered a Fleet alongside the Pacific and Atlantic fleets due to the prestige associated with its duties representing the US around Asia]], compounded by poor peacetime training and the notoriously flaky American early-war torpedoes. They spent the first six months of the war harassing Japanese naval forces and attempting to disrupt landing forces, but were badly outnumbered. By the time US forces in the Philippines surrendered in May of 1942, the Asiatic Squadron had lost 19 out of 40 surface ships, with most of the rest retreating to Australia. The remnants of the Asiatic Fleet regrouped with the Pacific Fleet, and the Asiatic Fleet was never formed again.

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* Soon after the Japanese attacks on American forces in Hawaii and the Philippines, the US Asiatic Fleet and other Allied naval forces in the Pacific, making up the ABDA[[note: ABDA[[note]] American, Britain, Dutch, Australian]] Australian[[/note]] Force found themselves in this situation due to their lack of any heavy-hitting forces [[note: the [[note]]the Asiatic Squadron mostly consisted of cruisers, destroyers, and submarines, and was mostly considered a Fleet alongside the Pacific and Atlantic fleets due to the prestige associated with its duties representing the US around Asia]], Asia[[/note]], compounded by poor peacetime training and the notoriously flaky American early-war torpedoes. They spent the first six months of the war harassing Japanese naval forces and attempting to disrupt landing forces, but were badly outnumbered. By the time US forces in the Philippines surrendered in May of 1942, the Asiatic Squadron had lost 19 out of 40 surface ships, with most of the rest retreating to Australia. The remnants of the Asiatic Fleet regrouped with the Pacific Fleet, and the Asiatic Fleet was never formed again.
2nd Oct '15 4:31:38 PM AFP
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* Also the basic concept behind "defence in depth", where an attacking force is delayed and bled by the delaying forces along with supporting artillery, air power, etc. until the attack the attack peters out and either retreats, or is vulnerable to a counter-attack.

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* Soon after the Japanese attacks on American forces in Hawaii and the Philippines, the US Asiatic Fleet and other Allied naval forces in the Pacific, making up the ABDA[[note: American, Britain, Dutch, Australian]] Force found themselves in this situation due to their lack of any heavy-hitting forces [[note: the Asiatic Squadron mostly consisted of cruisers, destroyers, and submarines, and was mostly considered a Fleet alongside the Pacific and Atlantic fleets due to the prestige associated with its duties representing the US around Asia]], compounded by poor peacetime training and the notoriously flaky American early-war torpedoes. They spent the first six months of the war harassing Japanese naval forces and attempting to disrupt landing forces, but were badly outnumbered. By the time US forces in the Philippines surrendered in May of 1942, the Asiatic Squadron had lost 19 out of 40 surface ships, with most of the rest retreating to Australia. The remnants of the Asiatic Fleet regrouped with the Pacific Fleet, and the Asiatic Fleet was never formed again.
* Also the basic concept behind "defence in depth", where an attacking force is delayed and bled by the delaying forces along with supporting artillery, air power, etc. until the attack the attack peters out and either retreats, or is vulnerable to a counter-attack.
7th Sep '15 10:41:22 AM nombretomado
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** [[TheCaptain Wedge]] [[FourStarBadass Antilles]] ''loves'' these, since his particular style of warfare makes them ''work''. Case in point: the [[NewJediOrder Siege of Borleais]]. All told, the siege involved an entire fake secret engineering project, an entire ''real'' secret engineering project, a planetary bombardment ''by the garrison defenders'', a Super Star Destroyer dropping into the middle of the enemy fleet... oh, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the wholesale evacuation of the garrison]] before the final battle. Borleais cost two entire Vong fleets and a planetary garrison, and was a ''huge'' embarrassment to their command staff.

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** [[TheCaptain Wedge]] [[FourStarBadass Antilles]] ''loves'' these, since his particular style of warfare makes them ''work''. Case in point: the [[NewJediOrder [[Literature/NewJediOrder Siege of Borleais]]. All told, the siege involved an entire fake secret engineering project, an entire ''real'' secret engineering project, a planetary bombardment ''by the garrison defenders'', a Super Star Destroyer dropping into the middle of the enemy fleet... oh, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome the wholesale evacuation of the garrison]] before the final battle. Borleais cost two entire Vong fleets and a planetary garrison, and was a ''huge'' embarrassment to their command staff.
5th Sep '15 7:15:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', {{NATO}} successfully delays Soviet forces long enough for reinforcements to arrive, then launches a decisive strike and turns the Soviets back around Krefeld.

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* In ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', {{NATO}} UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} successfully delays Soviet forces long enough for reinforcements to arrive, then launches a decisive strike and turns the Soviets back around Krefeld.



* This was a massive part of {{NATO}} plans for a WorldWarThree in Europe. The aim was to trade ground for time to allow US forces to arrive. One must feel sorry for the West Germans in all this...

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* This was a massive part of {{NATO}} UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} plans for a WorldWarThree in Europe. The aim was to trade ground for time to allow US forces to arrive. One must feel sorry for the West Germans in all this...
10th Aug '15 11:22:16 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ArkRoyal'', when an unexpected alien threat surfaces, and the modern [[SpaceNavy Space Navies]] prove utterly incapable of dealing with them, the British Royal Navy sends in the obsolescent titular [[TheBattlestar armored carrier]] to try to hold off the alien advance in the slim hope that her armor and [[MagneticWeapon railguns]] will allow her to survive and deal a blow to the enemy. The initial engagement is successful, and the ''Ark Royal'' ends up destroying several alien carriers, forcing a retreat. As a result, the ship is once again sent to confront the aliens, hoping to keep them away from Earth until the major space powers can design and build ''Ark Royal''-type ships.
17th Jul '15 10:39:34 PM Tacitus
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** Wraith Squadron's first real action is covering the evacuation of their training base when a Star Destroyer allied to Warlord Zsinj shows up. Things go from bad to worse when one of the transports is delayed in launching, but then we get a taste of what the squadron is capable of when a pilot wonders, "what if we gave them a juicier target to go after?" Cue an improv radio program where two Wraith X-Wing and two allied A-Wings pretend to be the ''Millennium Falcon'' suffering some engine problems.

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** Wraith Squadron's first real action is was covering the evacuation of their training base when a Star Destroyer allied to Warlord Zsinj shows showed up. Things go from bad to worse when one of the transports is delayed in launching, but then we get a taste of what the squadron is capable of when a pilot wonders, "what if we gave them a juicier target to go after?" Cue an improv radio program where two Wraith X-Wing X-Wings and two allied A-Wings pretend to be the ''Millennium Falcon'' suffering some engine problems.



* One special scenario in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'''s Storm of Chaos campaign was "Halting the Tide," based around an Empire-Kislev alliance battling against the overwhelming Chaos hordes of Archaon, Lord of the End Times. The attackers outnumber the defenders two to one, but the defenders are grimly determined to tie up the attackers for as long as possible, and are immune to Panic during the battle. Another twist is that victory depends upon how many units the Defender kills, so if the Attacker completely wipes out the Defenders but loses half of his own forces in the process, it's still a loss for him.



** Most engagements with the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] seem to fall into this pattern, with a beleagured world trying to survive until a fleet of reinforcements arrives. Problem is, the Tyranids project as "Shadow in the Warp" that disrupts interstellar communication.

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** Most engagements with the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] seem to fall into this pattern, with a beleagured world trying to survive until a fleet of reinforcements arrives. Problem is, the Tyranids project as a "Shadow in the Warp" that disrupts interstellar communication.



* Several times in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''. At least once you're stalling until the cavalry arrives. The climactic battle is you stalling until your trap is set ([[spoiler: until sufficient Wisps can accumulate around the World Tree. When the demon lord Archimonde reaches and climbs it, they surround him and explode, killing him]]).
** A BonusLevel of the Frozen Throne has you prevent the humans from destroying the portal the Blood Elves are escaping through (though it's more of a TowerDefense). If you succeed, you get an extra hero for the next level.

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* Several times in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''. At least once you're The final mission has your Night Elves and allied humans and orcs stalling until Archimonde and the cavalry arrives. The climactic battle is you stalling until your trap is set ([[spoiler: until sufficient Wisps can accumulate around Burning Legion as they march on the World Tree. When Tree, until Malfurion can gather enough Wisps to kill the demon lord Archimonde reaches and climbs it, they surround him and explode, killing him]]).
when he tries to claim the tree's power.
** A BonusLevel of the Frozen Throne ''Frozen Throne'' has you prevent preventing the humans from destroying the portal the Blood Elves are escaping through (though it's more of in a TowerDefense). If you succeed, you get TowerDefense scenario. Succeed and you'll earn an extra hero for the next level.



** The ExpandedUniverse novel ''Speed of Darkness'' stars a group of Confederate Marines who fought a separate delaying action that apparently drew a sizable quantity of Zerg away from the PlayerCharacter.
*** It wasn't so much their resistance but the fact that they had a [[spoiler:psychic beacon]] with them.

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** The ExpandedUniverse novel ''Speed of Darkness'' stars a group of Confederate Marines who fought a separate delaying action that apparently drew a sizable quantity of Zerg away from the PlayerCharacter.
*** It wasn't so much their resistance but
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* Happens by event during some battles in HeartsOfIron II and III. It slows the attacker down a bit and helps the defenders.
* The level "Revenge of the Empire" in ''RogueSquadron III: Rebel Strike''. Mirroring the Hoth example, Rogue Squadron is providing air cover to the evacuation of the base on Yavin IV.

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* Happens by event during some battles in HeartsOfIron II ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron II'' and III.''III''. It slows the attacker down a bit and helps the defenders.
* The level "Revenge of the Empire" in ''RogueSquadron ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron III: Rebel Strike''. Mirroring the Hoth example, Rogue Squadron is providing air cover to the evacuation of the base on Yavin IV.



* The opening of VideoGame/{{Steambirds}} includes the line "You cannot save the city, but you can stall the armada long enough for London's citizens to evacuate."

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* The opening of VideoGame/{{Steambirds}} ''VideoGame/{{Steambirds}}'' includes the line "You cannot save the city, but you can stall the armada long enough for London's citizens to evacuate."
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