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encircling forces

Definition/Scope: In pursuit operations, the force which is to get to the rear of the enemy and block his escape so that he can be destroyed between the direct pressure and encircling force. This force advances or flies along routes paralleling the enemy's line of retreat. This force may also attack into the flank of a retreating enemy.

Broader Terms:

military forces

Related Terms:

block (tactics)
follow and support

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