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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
PlayerCharacter. Though the fact that they had a [[spoiler:psychic beacon]] with them.them might have contributed.



* 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."
17th Jul '15 7:11:01 PM Tacitus
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* The Battle of Hoth in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''. The Rebels knew there was no way they could actually win: the Empire had better equipment (including heavy armor for which the Rebels had no viable counter) and too much of a numerical advantage. The ground forces and Rogue Squadron simply hoped to delay the Imps long enough to evacuate the base. The battle was considered an Imperial victory overall, though the Rebels technically achieved their objective. [[FridgeLogic Though did the walker speed ever really slow down at all?]]

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* The Battle of Hoth in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack''.''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. The Rebels knew there was no way they could actually win: the Empire had better equipment (including heavy armor for which the Rebels had no viable counter) and too much of a numerical advantage. The ground forces and Rogue Squadron simply hoped to delay the Imps long enough to evacuate the base. The battle was considered an Imperial victory overall, though the Rebels technically achieved their objective. [[FridgeLogic Though did the walker speed ever really slow down at all?]]



* [[XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]] did this in ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', trying to buy time for Luke and Han to get into their ships and let [[DividedWeFall Fey'lya]] escape with his force. Fortunately for them, Fey'lya was steered into an EngineeredPublicConfession and his people [[ChangedMyMindKid went back to help the Rogues]]. This wasn't enough. Karrde's smugglers showed up. This wasn't enough. Then [[BigDamnHeroes Bel Iblis showed up]]. [[HopeSpot This was enough]] until a second Star Destroyer appeared, and it took two counts of RammingAlwaysWorks before the day was saved.

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* [[XWingSeries [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]] did this in ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', trying to buy time for Luke and Han to get into their ships and let [[DividedWeFall Fey'lya]] escape with his force. Fortunately for them, Fey'lya was steered into an EngineeredPublicConfession and his people [[ChangedMyMindKid went back to help the Rogues]]. This wasn't enough. Karrde's smugglers showed up. This wasn't enough. Then [[BigDamnHeroes Bel Iblis showed up]]. [[HopeSpot This was enough]] until a second Star Destroyer appeared, and it took two counts of RammingAlwaysWorks before the day was saved.



* In ''TheSilmarillion'', the Men of the House of Hador delay the forces of Angband long enough for Turgon's Gondolindrim to escape unfollowed. All but one of them die, and it only gets worse for the [[AndIMustScream survivor...]]

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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.
* In ''TheSilmarillion'', ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Men of the House of Hador delay the forces of Angband long enough for Turgon's Gondolindrim to escape unfollowed. All but one of them die, and it only gets worse for the [[AndIMustScream survivor...]]



* The Battle of the Line, in the Series/BabylonFive prequel movie ''In The Beginning'':
--> '''President of Earth:''' "We have continued to broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy. And they have not responded. We therefore can only conclude... that we stand at the twilight of the Human race. In order to buy more time for our evacuation transports to leave Earth, we ask for the support of every ship capable of fighting to take part in a last defense of our homeworld. We will not lie to you. We do not believe that survival is a possibility. We believe that anyone who joins this battle... will never come home. But for every ten minutes we can delay the military advance several hundred civilians may have a chance to escape to neutral territory. Though Earth may fall, the Human race must have a chance to continue elsewhere. No greater sacrifice has ever been asked of a people than I ask you now... to step forward one last time... one last battle, to hold the line against the night. May God go with you all."
* More than once in ''FallingSkies''.

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* The Battle of the Line, in the Series/BabylonFive ''Series/BabylonFive'' prequel movie ''In The Beginning'':
--> '''President of Earth:''' "We We have continued to broadcast our surrender and a plea for mercy. And they have not responded. We therefore can only conclude... that we stand at the twilight of the Human race. In order to buy more time for our evacuation transports to leave Earth, we ask for the support of every ship capable of fighting to take part in a last defense of our homeworld. We will not lie to you. We do not believe that survival is a possibility. We believe that anyone who joins this battle... will never come home. But for every ten minutes we can delay the military advance several hundred civilians may have a chance to escape to neutral territory. Though Earth may fall, the Human race must have a chance to continue elsewhere. No greater sacrifice has ever been asked of a people than I ask you now... to step forward one last time... one last battle, to hold the line against the night. May God go with you all."
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* More than once in ''FallingSkies''.''Series/FallingSkies''.



* Pretty much the only way to defeat Tyranids in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is to send a call for reinforcements (they have a psychic power that blocks off all interstellar communication) and then resist until the reinforcements arrive.

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* Pretty much the only way to defeat Tyranids Several mission types in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have an outnumbered defender trying to hold out against the attacker until their reserves come in.
** In-universe, this
is usually the role of a world's [[HomeGuard Planetary Defense Corps]] in the event of enemy attack, to send hold out until the Imperial Guard is mustered to come to its aid. If that's not enough, the Imperial Guard gets to hold the line until the Space Marines show up.
** Most engagements with the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] seem to fall into this pattern, with
a call for beleagured world trying to survive until a fleet of reinforcements (they have a psychic power arrives. Problem is, the Tyranids project as "Shadow in the Warp" that blocks off all disrupts interstellar communication) and then resist until the reinforcements arrive.communication.
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