Set Piece Battle

A set piece battle is a battle fought by forces that have some knowledge of each other's strength and dispositions, are reasonably familiar with the terrain, and have had time to develop a battle plan. It is in contrast with a meeting engagement, where none of these conditions hold. Most of the opening battles of the Second World War were set piece engagements, as were most of the amphibious operations in the Pacific and the battle of Imphal.

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