History Main / TacticalWithdrawal

20th Jan '16 3:03:19 AM REV6Pilot
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* The British were able to spin the Dunkirk evacuation in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as "The Miracle of Dunkirk," in which the British Expeditionary Force and some part of the French managed to escape the Nazis to fight another day. In fact it was a panicked retreat to the coast and onto the boats for home, although the BEF getting away did leave Britain better able to defend against a German invasion. ** Not exactly. The BEF had to leave ''all'' of their guns, heavy weapons, fuel, ammunition, and vehicles behind at Dunkirk, which was enough to supply eight to ten divisions. The Germans quickly took the equipment into service, with some of the British supply trucks seeing action as far as Stalingrad. It took a long while before the British where in any condition to face the Wehrmacht in the field again.
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* The British were able to spin the Dunkirk evacuation in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as "The Miracle of Dunkirk," in which the British Expeditionary Force and some part of the French managed to escape the Nazis to fight another day. In fact it was a panicked retreat to the coast and onto the boats for home, although and the BEF getting away did leave Britain better able to defend against a German invasion. ** Not exactly. The BEF had to leave ''all'' of their guns, heavy weapons, fuel, ammunition, and vehicles behind at Dunkirk, which (which was enough to supply eight to ten divisions.divisions) behind. The Germans quickly took the equipment into service, with some of the British supply trucks seeing action as far as Stalingrad. It took a long while before the British where were in any condition to face the Wehrmacht in the field again.
20th Jan '16 2:59:20 AM REV6Pilot
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* On a grander scale, the 1812 campaign from the Russian point of view. Through a series of tactical retreats, the main armies managed to elude Napoleon's attempts to pin down, outflank and overwhelm them. Napoleon attempted an orderly retreat from Moscow, but the Russian armies then forced to march back the way he came, through lands that had already been devasted and bled of resources during the French advance, and the retreat eventually turned into a shambles.
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* On a grander scale, the 1812 campaign from the Russian point of view. Through a series of tactical retreats, the main armies managed to elude Napoleon's attempts to pin down, outflank and overwhelm them. Napoleon attempted an orderly retreat from Moscow, but the then-rallied Russian armies then forced him to march back the way he came, through lands that had already been devasted devastated and bled of resources during the French advance, and the retreat eventually turned into a shambles.fell apart.
13th Jan '16 12:42:16 PM LentilSandEater
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* {{Lampshade}}d in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', with one of the achievements being titled, "We're Not Retreating; We're Advancing in a Different Direction". ** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' also makes it possible to "reset" a boss during an ill-fated fight without all the players dying, and sometimes without any player dying. Mages have the Invisibility spell to help with this, while other players have to run out of the room and survive any damage they take along the way.
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* {{Lampshade}}d in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' ** Nodded to with one of the achievements being titled, "We're Not Retreating; We're Advancing in a Different Direction". ** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' also makes it It's possible to "reset" a boss during an ill-fated fight without all the players dying, and sometimes without any player dying. dying. *** Mages have the Invisibility spell to help with this, while other players have to run out of the room and survive any damage they take along the way.
21st Nov '15 1:35:52 PM Zyffyr
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->''"They are extremely powerful, and quite frankly we haven't a [[HoldYourHippogriffs snowflake's chance in Vulcan's forge]] of winning. I suggest a *cough* tactical advance '''[[NoExceptYes away from]]''' the enemy!"''
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->''"They are extremely powerful, and quite frankly we haven't a [[HoldYourHippogriffs snowflake's chance in Vulcan's forge]] forge of winning. I suggest a *cough* tactical advance '''[[NoExceptYes away from]]''' '''away from''' the enemy!"''
1st Oct '15 5:48:51 AM eroock
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-->--'''Roman General''', ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''
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-->--'''Roman -->-- '''Roman General''', ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar''
28th Sep '15 8:05:33 PM sgamer82
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* In episode 10 and the first part of episode 11 of ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', Yoshiharu does this to buy time for Nobuna to escape.
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* In episode 10 and the first part of episode 11 of ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna'', Yoshiharu does this to buy time for Nobuna to escape.
28th Sep '15 9:16:23 AM sylvae
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There is also the obvious fact that a unit that does not have to waste men and equipment attacking entrenched positions, (in fact that can often make use of them itself) and (since it has presumably already lost an engagement, and, due to attrition, contains a higher percentage of seasoned troops that are better equipped to survive) a retreating unit is far more dangerous to take on than an attacking one.
24th Sep '15 4:44:30 AM EDP
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** At the same time, the Invid's invasion of Earth is the final phase of their own Tactical Retreat: the entire Invid race was busy fighting a costly battle on Tirol and the rest of the former empire of the Robotech Masters, but as soon as the Sensor Nebula warned her that Earth was full of Flower of Life, from which is made the Protoculture that powers their technology, the Invid Regess took her half of her race and moved to Earth, abandoning the Regent and his half to the HopelessWar fought there... And completely missing the Flower of Life that was hidden somewhere near Tirol, that would be found by the Robotech Expeditionary Force that arrived ''after'' she left.
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** At the same time, the Invid's invasion of Earth is the final phase of their own Tactical Retreat: the entire Invid race was busy fighting a costly battle on Tirol and the rest of the former empire of the Robotech Masters, but as soon as the Sensor Nebula warned her that Earth was full of Flower of Life, from which is made the Protoculture that powers their technology, the Invid Regess took her half of her race and moved to Earth, abandoning the Regent and his half to the HopelessWar fought there... And completely missing the Flower of Life that was hidden somewhere near Tirol, that would be found by the Robotech Expeditionary Force that arrived ''after'' she left.
24th Sep '15 4:44:08 AM EDP
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* When the Invid invade Earth in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', the battered remains of the Army of the Southern Cross and the contingent sent back by the Robotech Expeditionary Force, after realizing they could not win, leave Earth to regroup on Tirol, where they have the resources to rebuild and then return in force. ** At the same time, the Invid's invasion of Earth is the final phase of their own Tactical Retreat: the entire Invid race was busy fighting a costly battle on Tirol and the rest of the former empire of the Robotech Masters, but as soon as the Sensor Nebula warned her that Earth was full of Flower of Life, from which is made the Protoculture that powers their technology, the Invid Regess took her half of her race and moved to Earth, abandoning the Regent and his half to the HopelessWar fought there... And completely missing the Flower of Life that was hidden somewhere near Tirol, that would be found by the Robotech Expeditionary Force that arrived ''after'' she left.
22nd Sep '15 1:32:51 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick"": The eponymous party pulls one when faced with the [[EvilCounterpart Linear Guild]] in Girard's desert fortress/pyramid. At first the Linear Guild attacks with spells from the air, and easily keeps the Order pinned down when they try to get back at them. When the Order is hit with spells again after being brutalized by [[spoiler:Tarquin disguised as]] Thog in melee combat, they decide to retreat into the building in order to lay an ambush instead.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick"": The In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the eponymous party pulls one when faced with the [[EvilCounterpart Linear Guild]] in Girard's desert fortress/pyramid. At first the Linear Guild attacks with spells from the air, and easily keeps the Order pinned down when they try to get back at them. When the Order is hit with spells again after being brutalized by [[spoiler:Tarquin disguised as]] Thog in melee combat, they decide to retreat into the building in order to lay an ambush instead.
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