Pincer movement

Pincer movement

The pincer movement or double envelopment is a basic element of military strategy which has been used, to some extent, in many wars, and is considered to be the consummate military maneuver, executed by Hannibal at the Battle of Cannae in 216 BC, over 2,200 years ago.

Hannibal’s double envelopement at the Battle of Cannae in 216 BC is viewed by military historians as one of the greatest battlefield maneuve.

5 comments on “Pincer movement”

  1. I was also pleasantly surprised by the other battle tactics like Crane formations and things like that. And what really got me interested was when the battleground was flooded, a classic strategy that has been around for ages! (cfr. WWI, flooding of the Yser or 1302, Battle of the Golden Spurs). Ubermecha-battles are fun, but my blood really gets boiling when they actually put mass-tactics into the game.

  2. Chinese Xing Ke applies Sun Tzu’s principles. A form of homage to chinese culture.

  3. Hah? I have Art of War on my shelves, but I can’t remember any flooding-tactics in it. But now that you mention it, this would probably be the intended pun.

  4. I was referring to Chapter 10 (“using the natural ground formation” )


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