1. a. An offensive maneuver in which the main attacking force passes around or over the enemy's principal defensive positions to secure objectives to the enemy's rear. (FM 101-5-1, Oct 85) b. A mode of maneuver wherein an attack is made on one or both of the enemy's flanks or rear. usually accompanied by an attack on his front. (AFPM 3-8-1) 2. It is one of the five choices of maneuver. A commander must find or create an assailable flank by passing forces around one or both of, or over (vertical), the sides of an enemy force, pitting his strength against the enemy’s weakness. (PAM 8-03)

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