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German Tactical Doctrine, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 8, December 20, 1942
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The most important types of battle are the attack, the defense, and the withdrawal, or retreat. A combination of these types occurs simultaneously or successively in the course of every major campaign. The commander and the General Staff Officer must master the fundamental principles involved in these various forms of tactical maneuver. Resolute application of these principles may penetrate, at least will help to neutralize, the ever-present "fog of war."

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