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23rd May '18 7:35:46 AM JackG
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* The cynical version is often lampshaded in the Creator/SvenHassel WW2 novels. When a high-ranking officer runs away it's called a strategic withdrawal, whereas when the ordinary soldier does this it's called cowardice and he's executed. On one occasion, a KangarooCourt happily executing a flood of so-called deserters gets a nasty shock when Soviet tanks turn up on their doorstep. Turns out there really is a full retreat going on.
9th May '18 5:44:45 AM Rissis
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* Done in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 03 version of Ninja Turtles]] which Leonardo uses to get Raphael to fall back calling it a "Tactical Retreat" which Ralph is fine with as long as it's not "running away".

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* Done in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 03 version of Ninja Turtles]] which Leonardo uses to get Raphael to fall back calling it a "Tactical Retreat" which Ralph Raph is fine with as long as it's not "running away".
30th Mar '18 6:33:23 PM Zuxtron
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' The Main character Joseph use this so much that is has become know as the Joestar secret technique. The secret technique consists of carefully and quickly retreating from the opponent, while keeping a close eye on surroundings for things to use to defeat or assist in defeating them. To the untrained eye, it looks like Joseph is simply running away like a coward, augmented by his panicked shouting when doing so. He will also use this technique to try to lure an enemy away from others.

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' The Main character In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', this is one of [[CombatPragmatist Joseph use this so much that is has become know as Joestar]]'s favorite techniques, to the point where running away is referred to as "the Joestar secret technique. The secret technique consists of carefully and quickly retreating from the opponent, while keeping a close eye on surroundings for things to use to defeat or assist in defeating them. To the untrained eye, technique". Though it looks like Joseph is simply may seem as if he's running away like a coward, augmented by his panicked shouting when doing so. He will also use this technique while screaming in fear, he's actually trying to try move the fight to lure a location which gives him an advantage or isolate an enemy who is accompanied by allies. At one point in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Stardust Crusaders]]'', his grandson Jotaro also makes use of this technique, jumping out of a cable car and into the water, which seems to be him trying to run away from others.but is actually a ploy to get his opponent to chase him into the water where he is vulnerable to being drowned.
26th Mar '18 9:06:29 AM MarcW
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* The entire last act of ''Unto The Breach'', the third book of the ''Paladin of Shadows'' series by John Ringo, is a tactical retreat from overwhelming irregular forces by a small company of commandos. As far as battle scenes go, it's at least 9.5 out of 10 on the "Over the Top" scale. At one point, the Secret Service has to remove the First Lady from the room where she and the President are ''watching'' the battle, because it's too violent.

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* The entire last act of ''Unto The Breach'', the third fourth book of the ''Paladin of Shadows'' series by John Ringo, is a tactical retreat from overwhelming irregular forces by a small company of commandos. As far as battle scenes go, it's at least 9.5 out of 10 on the "Over the Top" scale. At one point, the Secret Service has to remove the First Lady from the room where she and the President are ''watching'' the battle, because it's too violent.
26th Mar '18 9:05:46 AM MarcW
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*The entire last act of ''Unto The Breach'', the third book of the ''Paladin of Shadows'' series by John Ringo, is a tactical retreat from overwhelming irregular forces by a small company of commandos. As far as battle scenes go, it's at least 9.5 out of 10 on the "Over the Top" scale. At one point, the Secret Service has to remove the First Lady from the room where she and the President are ''watching'' the battle, because it's too violent.
21st Mar '18 9:51:24 PM Anduryen
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Although this has been used as a euphemism for "legging it", this is not quite the same thing. This is a managed retreat rather than an all-out rout, with forces withdrawing in good order to fight another day. They may have actually done their job, e.g. a DelayingAction.

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Although this has been used as a euphemism for [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere "legging it", it"]], this is not quite the same thing. This is a managed retreat rather than an all-out rout, with forces withdrawing in good order to fight another day. They may have actually done their job, e.g. a DelayingAction.
9th Mar '18 11:08:26 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' has this excue for the Space Marines when they lose all Morale points: instead of running in fear like the Imperial Guard ("There's too many of 'em!") or the Orks and Gretchins ("Let's leg it!"), the Space Marines "regroup" or "withdraw" which means they have to run away and take more damage bt run faster, just like everyone else.



* An option in the ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' games when it is clear that a division cannot win against an enemy force but still has enough organization to maintain contact. It is entirely reasonable to withdraw a defending division when attacked, as at the very least the enemy division will have to delay several days before its next attack, and is an essentialy element of setting up encirclement traps. Pulling an attacking division out of an assault that is clearly not working will save organization and manpower as well. This can also be pulled off as a tactical maneuver during battle by generals. It shortens the front, and gives the attacker an attack penalty and the defenders also a smaller penalty (which still ends in a net win for the defenders.)

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* An option in the ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIron'' games when it is clear that a division cannot win against an enemy force but still has enough organization to maintain contact. It is entirely reasonable to withdraw a defending division when attacked, as at the very least the enemy division will have to delay several days before its next attack, and is an essentialy essentially element of setting up encirclement traps. Pulling an attacking division out of an assault that is clearly not working will save organization and manpower as well. This can also be pulled off as a tactical maneuver during battle by generals. It shortens the front, and gives the attacker an attack penalty and the defenders also a smaller penalty (which still ends in a net win for the defenders.)
27th Feb '18 4:18:13 AM StarTropes
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Common in guerilla warfare. Also a necessary first step in a DefensiveFeintTrap. Typically, but not always, a form of InsistentTerminology. Compare with AttackAttackRetreatRetreat as well as RunOrDie.

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Common in guerilla warfare.warfare as a component of HitAndRunTactics. Also a necessary first step in a DefensiveFeintTrap. Typically, but not always, a form of InsistentTerminology. Compare with AttackAttackRetreatRetreat as well as RunOrDie.
23rd Feb '18 5:35:32 PM Heatex77
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** ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' The Main character Joseph use this so much that is has become know as the Joestar secret technique. The secret technique consists of carefully and quickly retreating from the opponent, while keeping a close eye on surroundings for things to use to defeat or assist in defeating them. To the untrained eye, it looks like Joseph is simply running away like a coward, augmented by his panicked shouting when doing so. He will also use this technique to try to lure an enemy away from others.

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** * ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'' The Main character Joseph use this so much that is has become know as the Joestar secret technique. The secret technique consists of carefully and quickly retreating from the opponent, while keeping a close eye on surroundings for things to use to defeat or assist in defeating them. To the untrained eye, it looks like Joseph is simply running away like a coward, augmented by his panicked shouting when doing so. He will also use this technique to try to lure an enemy away from others.
13th Feb '18 8:57:44 PM Narutaki2012
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* ''Literature/MartinFierro'': This is a NarrativePoem about Martin Fierro, a {{Gaucho}} who is PressGanged into {{Conscription}} trying to SettlingTheFrontier. At song III, Fierro declares that when the {{Gaucho}}s were chasing the Indians after yet another [[RapePillageAndBurn indian incursion on the Frontier,]] the Indians were hidden and when the Gauchos reached them, the Indians pulled a DefensiveFeintTrap against them. The irony here is that the Indians applied military tactics better than the EvilColonialist Gauchos!
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