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Decisive battle and operational art: contradictory or complementary notions?

In this essay, the author explores the dynamic relationship between the traditional military concepts of ‘Decisive Battle’ and ‘Operational Art’. While ‘Decisive Battle’ traditionally embodies the idea of a single, pivotal confrontation that determines the outcome of a conflict, ‘Operational Art’ emphasises a more comprehensive, multifaceted approach to warfare, often involving a sequence of strategic actions. The author also explores the importance of ‘Operational Art’ and highlights how the use of it helps to bring about a swift and decisive victory in war.
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