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1st Jul '16 8:00:54 PM nombretomado
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** Also AndreNorton's novel ''Star Guard'' (1955)

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** Also AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's novel ''Star Guard'' (1955)
25th May '16 1:59:57 AM morane
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** The trope probably applies to commando operations in general, as these troops are usually trained to infiltrate behind enemy lines and conduct sabotage--essentially, trapping themselves behind enemy lines intentionally, with the expectation that they may not be extricated easily if at all.

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** * The trope probably applies to commando operations in general, as these troops are usually trained to infiltrate behind enemy lines and conduct sabotage--essentially, trapping themselves behind enemy lines intentionally, with the expectation that they may not be extricated easily if at all.
25th May '16 1:53:16 AM morane
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An elite unit of soldiers is cut off behind enemy lines and has to fight their way to safety. It's usually the result of hubris either on the part of the unit or (more often) their higher command.

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An elite unit of soldiers is cut off behind enemy lines and has to fight their way to safety. It's usually the result of hubris either on the part of the unit or (more often) their higher command.
command. Sometimes they are even ''intended'' to fight their way back home.




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* [[SubvertedTrope They are commandos, long rangers or guerrillas]] who are ''assumed'' to fight their way back to their own lines.
22nd Apr '16 10:18:29 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TheWarriors''

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* ''Film/TheWarriors''''Film/TheWarriors'' is about a gang trying to run through rival gang territory back to their home turf while all of New York City's gangs are gunning for them.
10th Mar '16 1:48:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* Literature/HonorHarrington's fate after the break-out from the StateSec ship ''Tepes'', at the end of ''In Enemy Hands''. Followed in the next book by probably one of the biggest {{prison break}}s in all of history, fictional or RealLife, escaping with roughly half a million prisoners and a [[VehicularTurnabout squadron of large warships]].

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* Literature/HonorHarrington's fate after the break-out from the StateSec ship ''Tepes'', at the end of ''In Enemy Hands''. Followed in the next book by probably one of the biggest {{prison break}}s prison breaks in all of history, fictional or RealLife, escaping with roughly half a million prisoners and a [[VehicularTurnabout squadron of large warships]].
25th Feb '16 1:19:26 AM Knight20
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** This was dramatized into the film Bat 21, itself based on a written dramatization of the same name (the main rescue pilot was a CompositeCharacter).

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4th Feb '16 9:56:44 AM Eoppen
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* In ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries'', the protagonists are almost always operating behind enemy lines.
29th Jan '16 5:37:26 PM nombretomado
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* Happens in just about every SvenHassel novel, including an obligatory scene where Sven and his colleagues find themselves in the midst of enemy troops and either get mistaken for a special unit (e.g. [[GermanRussians Volga Germans]] or Foreign Legion), or saved by [[CunningLinguist Porta's quick-thinking chatter]].

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* Happens in just about every SvenHassel Creator/SvenHassel novel, including an obligatory scene where Sven and his colleagues find themselves in the midst of enemy troops and either get mistaken for a special unit (e.g. [[GermanRussians Volga Germans]] or Foreign Legion), or saved by [[CunningLinguist Porta's quick-thinking chatter]].
22nd Nov '15 6:21:11 PM nombretomado
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* Happens quite a bit in the first book of ''TheSalvationWar'', seeing as everyone who dies ends up in {{Hell}}. Leads to the formation of LaResistance, with the odd historical character or twelve joining, no less.

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* Happens quite a bit in the first book of ''TheSalvationWar'', ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', seeing as everyone who dies ends up in {{Hell}}. Leads to the formation of LaResistance, with the odd historical character or twelve joining, no less.
12th Jun '15 12:11:23 PM h27kim
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** This is the basis of the "hedgehog" system of defense, which has long roots in siege warfare, but modernized during World War II with the introduction of the possibility of resupply by air. Defending troops would be concentrated at strategic locations that are easily defensible, even if they can also be easily surrounded. Supply would be conducted by air and large numbers of enemy troops would be tied down and exhaust themselves besieging these positions. If done well, this can be very effective--for example, the Demyansk pocket during World War 2. If the defenses cannot hold, they can be a disaster, as the surrounded troops would have nowhere to retreat and are certain to be annihilated-- eg. the Germans at Stalingrad and Uman and Belarus and Moldova and Budapest and the French at Dien Bien Phu.

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** This is the basis of the "hedgehog" system of defense, which has long roots in siege warfare, but modernized during World War II with the introduction of the possibility of resupply by air. Defending troops would be concentrated at strategic locations that are easily defensible, even if they can also be easily surrounded. Supply would be conducted by air and large numbers of enemy troops would be tied down and exhaust themselves besieging these positions. positions, or suffer disruptions to their rear mounted from these bases. If done well, this can be very effective--for example, the Demyansk pocket during World War 2.2 and Na San during the French War in Indochina, as well as innumerable "firebases" in various counterinsurgency campaigns. If the defenses cannot hold, they can be a disaster, as the surrounded troops would have nowhere to retreat and are certain to be annihilated-- eg. the Germans at Stalingrad and Uman and Belarus and Moldova and Budapest Tunis and the French at Dien Bien Phu.Phu, all of which were originally envisioned as giant hedgehogs supplied by air that became disasters eventually.
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