Human Wave Attack


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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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They employed the human wave attack reminiscent of World War I.
While not discontinuing the human wave attack, the infantry and IRGC improved their patrolling and infiltration techniques.
The first human wave attacks were often carried out in broad daylight against fully-defended positions with no real mind given to terrain or proper planning.
Almost all relevant international agencies have confirmed that Saddam used chemical warfare to ward off the Iranian human wave attacks, taking an estimated toll of 100,000 during the 8 years of conflict.
Granting US superiority in arms, could not siege, blockade, and human wave attacks throw the Yankees into the sea?
The conflicts have been compared to wars in the history in terms of the tactics used, including large scale trench warfare with barbed wire stretched across trenches, manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges, human wave attacks across a no-man>s land, and extensive use of chemical weapons such as mustard gas by the Iraqi government against the civilians Kurds.
The Germans developed such a weapon in the 1940s primarily for use against the Soviets, whose military tactics included massed human wave attacks.
During the eight-year war with Iraq, Khatami was responsible for mobilising tens of thousands of school children to perform as human wave attacks across minefields.
Mohammad Khatami was responsible for mobilising tens of thousands of school children to perform as human wave attacks across minefields, says Lord Corbett' Khatami's soldiers: Women from Iranian mobilisation forces take part in a parade in Tehran in 1998 to mark the 18th anniversary of the outbreak of the war with Iraq
These men describe what it was like to face the human wave attacks and terror tactics of a fearsome, courageous enemy.