A military engagement is a
Combat (French language, French for ''fight'') is a purposeful violence, violent conflict meant to physically harm or kill the opposition. Combat may be armed (using weapons) or unarmed (Hand-to-hand combat, not using weapons). Combat is sometim ...
between two forces, neither larger than a
Division or divider may refer to:
*Division (mathematics), the inverse of multiplication
*Division algorithm, a method for computing the result of mathematical division
*Division (military), a formation typically consisting o ...
nor smaller than a
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, in which each has an assignor perceived
Mission may refer to:
A religious mission or mission station is a location for missionary work, in particular Christian missions.
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. An engagement begins when the attacking force initiates combat in pursuit of its mission, and ends when the attacker has accomplished the mission, or ceases to try to accomplish the mission, or when one or both sides receive sufficient
In behavioral psychology
Behaviorism is a systematic approach to understanding the behavior of humans and other animals. It assumes that behavior is either a reflex evoked by the pairing of certain antecedent (behavioral psychology), antecede ...
s, thus initiating a new engagement.
As a tactical mission, the engagement is often a part of a
A battle is an occurrence of combat
Combat ( French for ''fight'') is a purposeful violent conflict meant to physically harm or kill the opposition. Combat may be armed (using weapon
A weapon, arm or armament is any implement or devic ...
. An engagement normally lasts one to two days; it may be as brief as a few hours and is rarely longer than five days. It is at this scale of combat that tactical
engagement ranges of weapons and support systems become important to the troops and their commanders.
A military campaign is large-scale long-duration significant military strategy
Military strategy is a set of ideas implemented by military organization
Military organization or military organisation is the structuring of the armed forces of ...
* Dupuy, T.N.
(Col. ret.), ''Understanding war: History and Theory of combat'', Leo Cooper, London, 1992
* Simpkin, Richard
, ''Race to the Swift: Thoughts on Twenty-first Century Warfare''. Foreword by
Donn A. Starry
A general officer is an officer of high rank in the armies, and in some nations' air forces, space forces, or marines
Marines or naval infantry, are typically a military force trained to operate on Littoral Zone, littoral zone ...
. London: Brassey's Defence, 1985. .
Military operations by type