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 Posted: Fri Sep 26th, 2008 04:00 pm
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Some of the examples given are not technically night battles. They began in the dark to be developed when the sun rises, or they began in the afternoon and had to be finished in the night.

Very frequently (when the troops got their soldier-legs under them), movements were made in the night -- you see numerous incidents when the 0200 wake-up call goes out and the army moves out to open the fight just before dawn.

Night battles were most often fought under desperate circumstances; i.e., they had to be fought. A few were fought because the rewards of a success were too great to resist.

It remains that a night battle was militarily inadvisable and not undertaken lightly.


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