The ''Charge'' (Basic)

  • Tactic
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The tactic of The Charge is as old as recorded warfare. In theory, a Charge is a battlefield movement in which one or both opposing forces advance at a fast pace, so as to either come within range to fire weapons ( ranged) - or to close the distance between the two forces to engage in close quarters fighting. Considered a “Shock Tactic”, The Charge was the predominate movement on most battlefields throughout history. Charges were most effective when large groups (multiple Regiments, for example), were deployed. With the advent of The Bayonet (17th Century), The Charge became an even more effective form of “Shock” deployment. Massive concentrations of troops charging with bayonets “fixed” created the desired effect of one's “willingness” to “kill” an enemy. As with infantry, The Charge was a primary tactic for mounted troops (or Cavalry). Horses provided a faster response time on the battlefield. The deployment of them with armed fighters (at a full gallop) – created even faster attack and capture of enemy positions option for a Commander. Again, Cavalry Charges were also viewed as an “ultimate” psychological advantage (especially when deployed against infantry in fixed positions). With the development of rapid firing weapons and artillery with greater range (and accuracy) – as well as Armor vehicles (such as The Tank in the early 20th Century), The Charge as an effective battlefield attack option ceased.