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    Offensive (military)

    Post  taixyz1992 on Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:59 am

    An offensive is a military operation that seeks through aggressive projection of armed force to occupy territory, gain an objective or achieve some larger strategic, operational or tactical goal. Another term for an offensive often used by the media is 'invasion', or the more general 'attack'.

    The offensive was considered a pre-eminent means of producing victory, although with the recognition of a defensive phase at some stage of the execution.[1]

    A quick guide to the size or scope of the offensive is to consider the number of troops involved in the side initiating the offensive.

    Offensives are largely conduced as a means to secure initiative in a confrontation between opponents. They can be waged on land, at sea[2] or in the air.

    Naval offensives, such as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, can have wide-ranging implications for national strategies, and require significant logistics commitment to destroy enemy military naval capabilities. It can also be used to interdict enemy shipping, such as the Battle of the Atlantic (1939–1945). Naval offensives can also be tactical in nature such as the Coronado IX operation[3] conducted by the United States Navy's Mobile Riverine Force during the Vietnam War.

    An air offensive is an operation that can describe any number of different types of operations, usually restricted to specific types of aircraft. The offensive conducted with use of fighter aircraft are predominantly concerned with establishing air superiority in a given air space, or over a given territory. A bomber offensive is sometimes also known as the strategic bombing offensive, and was prominently used by the Allies during the Second World War on a large scale.[4] Use of ground attack aircraft in support of ground offensives can be said to be an air offensive, such as that performed in the opening phase of the Red Army's operations Kutuzov and Rumyantsev when hundreds of Il-2 aircraft were used en masse to overwhelm the Wehrmacht's ground troops.


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