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Meeting Engagements

Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual

When two hostile forces suddenly meet we have what is termed a meeting

engagement. Very little or no reconnaissance is possible. There is an

absence of trenches. Both sides deploy rapidly. The smaller the force

the more frequently will it fight a meeting engagement. Therefore, it is

of the utmost importance to junior officers. A great advantage will

accrue to the side which can deploy the faster. The leader who has

intuition, initiative, who can make a quick decision and is willing to

take a long chance, will have a great advantage.