Can You Match the Military Tactic to Its Era?

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Divide and conquer. That's your tactic for this military quiz. We're going to take you through the most famous military strategies​ in history. Can you guess when they started?

In the military, tactics implement ______ .

In the military, tactics are used to implement strategy. Once a strategy is in place, tactics are what make it happen.

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Tactics are ____ decisions.

Tactics are short-term decisions. Each battle in a war can employ several tactics.

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"Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war."

Carl von Clausewitz is a famous military theorist. He's famous for saying "Tactics is the art of using troops in battle; strategy is the art of using battles to win the war."

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"Get there first with the most men."

The famous Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest had one tactic. "Get there first with the most men."

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How many tactical principles did Napoleon have?

It is said that Napoleon had 115 tactical principles in his belt. It seems that having so many options worked well for him.

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Which of these is an offensive maneuver?

Even with new weapons and technology, the basic tactical procedures have not changed. The above examples are some of the most classic moves.

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What is one of the oldest tactics?

Penetration is one of the oldest tactical procedures. It was popular with the Duke of Marlborough in the early 18th century.

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The envelopment is a ______ attack.

Envelopment is a secondary attack. It has been used throughout history to hold the enemy's center or both flanks.

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The battle of Agincourt was an example of ______ ?

Defensive-offensive maneuvers were very successful in the Hundred Years War, especially at Crecy and Agincourt. Feigned withdrawals can lure the enemy out of position.

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Turning maneuvers were used by ______ ?

Both of these remarkable generals used turning maneuvers. This involves an indirect approach that swings wide around the enemy's flank.

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An infantry formation of overlapping shields is a _____ ?

The phalanx is one of the oldest military formations. This existed all the way back in ancient Sumar, 3000 BC.

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Military science began with ______ ?

All of these great military leaders saw the dawn of military science. The Mediterranean basin was the birthplace of military tactics and strategy.

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The Romans replaced their _____ ?

The Romans got smart, and they replaced their citizen-soldiers with paid professionals. That is why their army became legendary.

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Who was the first to write about Roman prowess on the battlefield?

The Byzantines were not only the first to study Roman battle tactics, but they also wrote about it. They created some of the first essays on the subject.

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Medieval tactics include ______ ?

Although military science declined in Medieval times, there was still an emphasis on the above tactics. New weapons would eventually be introduced.

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Who was the greatest conqueror of the Middle Ages?

Genghis Khan is considered to be the greatest conqueror of the Middle Ages. He was a great Mongol general.

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Who is the father of modern tactics?

Gustav II Adolf was the king of Sweden in 1611-1632. He is considered the father of modern tactics because he introduced maneuver to military science.

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Who was the great general of the Seven Years' War?

Frederick II, or Frederick the Great of Prussia, was a startling military genius. He'd often strike hard against the enemy flank, and then move to another point and do the same.

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Napoleon's battles always began with ______ ?

Napoleon was famous for starting a battle with a skirmish and then cannonading. Next, there were shock bayonet attacks.

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What great war theorist emphasized carefully planned, rapid and precise geometric maneuvers?

Antoine Jomini was a famous French war theorist in the early to mid-1800s. He studied the maneuvers of Napoleon, and believed in carefully planned, rapid and precise geometric maneuvers.

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When was the Schlieffen plan first used?

The Schlieffen plan was first used before WWI. This was the brainchild of Alfred von Schlieffen, and it led to Britain declaring war.

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Massed charges became obsolete with the introduction of _________ ?

With the introduction of accurate rifles, artillery had to be placed further behind the lines, and massed charges made sense no longer. Cavalry also took on a new role.

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Trench warfare developed due to ______ ?

As guns became more synonymous with war, trenches were created to protect the soldiers. This is also why grenades and landmines became so important.

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Large-scale tactics became possible with ______ ?

Telegraph communications made so many things possible in terms of large-scale strategies and tactics. They were able to link widening theaters of war.

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Key Civil War tactics of the North included ______ ?

All of the above were key tactics that the North applied to win the war. They also had superior industry and manpower.

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When was the machine gun developed?

The late 19th century was when the machine gun was developed. This would play a deciding role in WWI.

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WWI began with ______ offensive maneuvers.

WWI began with classic offensive maneuvers. Mutual attempts at envelopment failed early in the war.

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After the Battle of Marne, WWI turned to _______ ?

When classical maneuvers proved to not be working, stationary trench warfare became vital. This was a whole new way of fighting.

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Who advocated for air power?

All of the above gentlemen said that air power could win a war. Massive bombings became a strategy in WWII.

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The _____ was the new cavalry of the modern age.

The tank was the new cavalry of the modern age. This was advocated by B.H. Liddell Hart and Charles de Gaulle.

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Who was the first to use air and tank power together?

The Germans were the first to use air and tank power together as a maneuver. This was known as blitzkrieg.

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_______ was the start of amphibious warfare.

WWII was when we first saw amphibious warfare. WWII also saw the first application of global strategies.

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Who is the father of Eastern military strategy?

Sun Tzu is considered to be the father of Eastern military strategy. The Art of War is read by people across the globe.

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Genghis Khan famously used _____ as a tactic.

Genghis Khan was famous for using fear as a tactic. He used mounted archers and scorched earth-style methods.

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Niccolò Machiavelli's Dell'arte Della Guerra is about _______ ?

Niccolò Machiavelli's Dell'arte Della Guerra is about both civil and military strategy. In fact, the book deals with the formation of grand strategy.

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