An ambush relies on concealment and surprise. It is a military tactic with a very long history which originated in hunting. Combatants typically reconnoitre the terrain and stalk their enemy, then lie in wait. When the signal comes, the engagement opens with long-range missiles. Once the enemy has been thrown into disorder, the combatants emerge from their concealed positions and engage in combat with short-range weapons to deliver the coup de grace. While tactical units and command arrangements are elementary, intelligence about the surroundings is crucial to the success of an ambush and the ensuing raid. An ambush may be conducted by a single soldier, a few dozen or perhaps hundreds, depending on the size of the operation.
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