Human Wave Attack

(redirected from Massed attack)
A military tactic in which a broad front of foot soldiers many men deep runs towards enemy lines in an attempt to overwhelm the opposing army’s position by sheer numbers. Casualties, especially when the attacking wave is facing machine guns and cannons, are extremely high. 20,000 British soldiers lost their lives in World War I on the first day of the battle of Somme and another 40,000 were wounded using the human wave strategy
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The Welsh Division had lost about 4,000 men killed or wounded in the costly engagement and its men would not be used in a massed attack again until July 31, 1917.
Though Battle And Battle Description In Homer acknolwedges that Homer is a poet, not a staff instructor, author Albracht aplies the Homeric text to create a convincing scene of how the workings of battle proceeded in the Iliad, from the council of war, to marshalling troops, the use of chariots, massed attack and defense, retreat, flight, pursuit, protection in the field, attack and defense of a fortified camp, the siege and defense of a fortified city, and much more.
Andrzej Tyszkiewicz, said: "This was a planned, co-ordinated and massed attack.
During an enemy attack, for two days under repeated heavy bombardment and in the face massed attacks, he held his men cleverly together and rendered great assistance to his battalion commander.
During an enemy attack, for two days under repeated heavy bombardment and in the face massed attacks, held his men cleverly together and rendered great assistance to his battalion commander.