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  1. blockade, encirclementnoun

    a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy


  1. encirclementnoun

    The act of encircling or the state of being encircled

  2. encirclementnoun

    The isolation of a target by the formation of a blockade around it


  1. Encirclement

    Encirclement is a military term for the situation when a force or target is isolated and surrounded by enemy forces. This situation is highly dangerous for the encircled force: at the strategic level, because it cannot receive supplies or reinforcements, and on the tactical level, because the units in the force can be subject to an attack from several sides. Lastly, since the force cannot retreat, unless it is relieved or can break out, it must either fight to the death or surrender. Encirclement has been used throughout the centuries by military leaders, including generals such as Alexander the Great, Khalid bin Waleed, Hannibal, Sun Tzu, Shaka Zulu, Wallenstein, Napoleon, Moltke, Heinz Guderian, von Rundstedt, von Manstein, Zhukov, and Patton. Sun Tzu suggests that an army should not be completely encircled, but should be given some room for escape, in order to prevent that 'encircled' army's men lifting their morale and fighting till the death –- a better situation would be them considering the possibility of a retreat. Examples of this might be the battles of Dunkirk, in 1940, and the Falaise Gap in 1944. The main form of encircling, the "double pincer," is executed by attacks on the flanks of a battle, where the mobile forces of the era, such as light infantry, cavalry, tanks, or APCs attempt to force a breakthrough to utilize their speed to join behind the back of the enemy force, and complete the "ring", while the main enemy force is stalled by probing attacks. The encirclement of the German Sixth Army in the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942 is a typical example of this.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of encirclement in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of encirclement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of encirclement in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Townsend:

    We don’t have a complete encirclement of Mosul.

  2. Genevieve Casagrande:

    They are setting conditions for the full encirclement of the city.

  3. Josef Stalin:

    We shall not make this public, the capitalist encirclement continues.

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  • piiritys, motitus, saarto, ympyröintiFinnish
  • окружениеRussian

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