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Hold by the nose and kick up the backside

 

Disciplines > Warfare > Tactics > Hold by the nose and kick up the backside

Action | Analysis | Analogy | See also

 

Action

Advance down the road until you meet the enemy. Then use a third of your force to pin them down with gunfire whilst the rest of your troops takes a wide circle and attacks them from the rear.

Analysis

This was a method described and used to great effect by General George S. Patton. The underlying pattern is that you are doing what the enemy expects, creating a pattern of forward conflict and engaging their attention whilst the main force pulls a flanking move.

This cannot be easily done if the enemy is advancing on a wide front. There is also a risk that they will do likewise and perhaps faster than you.

Analogy

In business, you may come face-to-face with a competitor, whether in bidding for a particular deal or with competing general products. In such cases split your reaction. First, do what the competitor is likely to think you will do, for example by discounting prices and engaging them in a price war. Whilst this is going on, develop a superior approach, for example by quickly bringing out a superior product that eclipses the products where the competition is taking place. 

See also

Surprise attack, Flanking

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