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21st Oct '17 2:58:28 PM nombretomado
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** Though with WestGermany's insistence on "forward defense", that their country be defended right up to the border with EastGermany, it was really more like trading lives for NATO Army Groups to mobilize their corps and the mentioned REFORGER reinforcements to arrive.

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** Though with WestGermany's UsefulNotes/WestGermany's insistence on "forward defense", that their country be defended right up to the border with EastGermany, it was really more like trading lives for NATO Army Groups to mobilize their corps and the mentioned REFORGER reinforcements to arrive.
19th Aug '17 1:31:42 PM Pastykake
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A delaying action is a battle fought by a clearly outnumbered and out-gunned force to try and hold up a superior force. The aim is to buy enough time for other friendly forces to a) escape or b) [[TheCavalry arrive]].

This may involve a HeroicSacrifice, but ideally, you aim to perform a TacticalWithdrawal before being slaughtered. The military equivalent of either YouShallNotPass or holding a position until the BigDamnHeroes show up.

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A delaying action is a battle fought by a clearly outnumbered and out-gunned force to try and to hold up a superior force. The aim is to buy enough time for other friendly forces to a) escape or b) [[TheCavalry arrive]].

This may involve a HeroicSacrifice, but ideally, ideally you aim to perform a TacticalWithdrawal before being slaughtered. The military equivalent of either YouShallNotPass or holding a position until the BigDamnHeroes show up.
14th Jul '17 1:24:15 PM AFP
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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_off_Samar The Battle off Samar]] had elements of this. Taffy 3, a task force commanded by Rear Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague, consisted of a half dozen Escort Carriers, three Destroyers, and four Destroyer-Escorts. They ended up being surprised by Vice Admiral Takeo Kurita's Center Force, consisting of four battleships, eight cruisers, and eleven destroyers. Badly outmatched, Taffy 3's Destroyers and Destroyer-Escorts launched an attack on the Center Force, aided by aircraft launched by Taffy 3's carriers and those of nearby Taffys 1 and 2 (none of which carried bombs capable of damaging the armored heavy warships), in hopes of giving the escort carriers a chance to escape. This would turn out to be a famous [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], however, as Kurita assumed that this was actually a delaying action for Admiral Halsey's 3rd Fleet (which were in fact too far away to arrive in time), and ordered a retreat. In return, Taffy 3 lost a third of their ships (including two Escort Carriers), and only two of their ships escaped damage.
26th Feb '17 3:01:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/KungFuPanda'', Master Shifu decides to stay and fight [[BigBad Tai Lung]], despite knowing that his former student has become too strong for him, knowing that, as long as Tai Lung is fighting him, he will not attack the Valley of Peace, which is being evacuated by Po and the Furious Five.

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* In ''Film/KungFuPanda'', ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Master Shifu decides to stay and fight [[BigBad Tai Lung]], despite knowing that his former student has become too strong for him, knowing that, as long as Tai Lung is fighting him, he will not attack the Valley of Peace, which is being evacuated by Po and the Furious Five.
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.
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