Test Your Knowledge of Offensive and Defensive Military Tactics

By: Gavin Thagard
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About This Quiz

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." - Sun Tzu 

Fighting should be avoided at all cost, but when you have to fight, it is always best to be ready and know exactly what you're doing. Do you know what effective military strategy is? Could you pass a quiz on it? Here's your chance to find out! 

War has waged since the beginning of time, and though much of the style of fighting has changed, particularly in the last 200 hundred years, many of the tactics that were prevalent thousands of years ago still apply today. Over time, those tactics have only been added to or exploited further, as war has become both more efficient and deadly. 

Are you an expert on military tactics, though? Could you lead an army into battle with the confidence of any of the great military leaders? Why not find out with this quiz? 

If you're up for the challenge, get started and prove your knowledge of offensive and defensive military tactics! 

When marching always send what ahead?

What's it called when one side has complete control over air warfare?

What's it called when you win a war because you have more resources?

What was the German warfare strategy of using force and speed called during World War II?

Which strategy is used against insurgents who take control of an area?

What's another name for a strategy of military ambushes?

What's it called when part of one army attacks the side of the opposing army?

This is when all of a country's resources are NOT devoted to a war.

What's it called when you try to break through the enemy's line of attack?

What's it called when an army flanks both sides of an attacking enemy army?

This is when you cut off an enemy from leaving their fortified position or receiving any resources.

What's it called when an entire nation and its resources are dedicated to winning a war?

Where do you attack the enemy in a turning maneuver?

What's it called when you pull your flank back to avoid losing it to the enemy?

This is when you destroy anything useful to the enemy while you advance through their territory.

What's it called when you try to force an enemy into a confined area?

What's the name of the strategy that tries to wear an enemy down over time instead of launching frontal assaults?

What's it called when you try to gain information about the enemy?

This is when part of your forces attack while the others try to gain a more favorable position.

What's it called when your flank defeats the enemy's flank then begins to surround the enemy?

This is when you make a surprise attack on an enemy who is entrenched.

What is large scale bombing of a select area of land called?

What's another name for a triangular formation?

This is a supporting unit that provides cover fire for an advancing unit.

Is low ground or high ground a better defensive position?

What is a device set up to kill someone by suprise called?

What are you trying to avoid in a hit-and-run?

What is it called when navy ships surround an enemy's port?

This is a term for building several fortifications around an enemy fortification during a seige?

What's another name for a deceptive movement where you fake-out your opponent?

This is when you sneak soldiers inside an enemy fortress.

What's it called when you lure an enemy into an attack?

Why fight a battle of annihilation?

This is when you scare the enemy into surrendering.

What's NOT a reason for the divide and conquer strategy?

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