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Why Retreat?: Tactics

There are many reasons why partial and complete, apparent and actual retreats can be of vital strategic importance.

Here are some elemental tactical reasons for Retreating:

Study the above list and then take a look at Why Advance?: Tactics. Advance and retreat are conceptual opposites. Try and develop both lists and see how the lists mirror each other. This will help you to build complete non-arbitary lists so that no tactical concept is missed.

*Retreat* is a universal tactic that often receives negative inner bias. Many people come to believe that retreat may be dishonourable and imply cowardice etc so they end up with a distorted view of the universal tactical matrix. Advance and retreat are conceptual equals and by loving and accepting both possibilities within ourselves equally we become free to act in the correct way. This is explained in more detail in the Martial Meditations article.

Technically when we punch: the outward motion of our hand is an *advance* and the returning motion of our hand is a *retreat*. So retreat does not necessarily mean that we are defeated etc. The retreat concept applies to a wide range of actions and situations and we should strive to fully understand it.

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Retreats That Work: Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites
by Merianne Liteman, Sheila Campbell, Jeffrey Liteman
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Based on the best-selling first edition, this greatly expanded and updated version contains forty-seven new activities, more information about how to design and lead retreats, and additional suggestions for how to recover when things go wrong. A CD-ROM allows you to print out chapters for distribution to key leaders, duplicate templates, and produce handouts for specific exercises.

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Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered (The American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era)
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Did Confederate armies attack too often for their own good? Was the relentless, sometimes costly effort to preserve territory a blunder? Why great battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee rather than well-laid ambushes in Alabama's sandhills or the pine forests of the Carolinas?

These questions about Confederate strategy have dogged historians since Appomattox. Many have come to believe that the South might have won the Civil War if it had only avoided head-on battles, conducted an aggressive guerrilla campaign, and maneuvered across wide swaths of territory to exhaust the Union's willingness to continue the war. Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered challenges this widely held theory. Robert G. Tanner argues that deep retreats and battle avoidance (the strategy of maneuver rather than combat) were not available to Southern leaders in planning their wartime strategy. The South fought as it did for valid reasons, according to Tanner, and this book examines these reasons in detail, including the South's need to protect its slave-based economy, to establish a state's rights-oriented government, and to win independence from the Union. Tanner uses Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War as a means for evaluating Confederate actions. On War provides a single measure for testing claims that the South could have prevailed by avoiding battles and forcing the Union to hold large tracts of land.

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Retreat from Kabul: The Catastrophic British Defeat in Afghanistan, 1842
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Using letters and journals, McRory recreated a gripping account of the First Afghan War, which ended when the British fled in defeat, at the cost of 16,000 lives, slaughtered by Afghans in one week. In 1842 Britain still controlled India, and sought to prevent the encroachment of Russians or Persians by installing a collaborating king on the Afghan throne. The British authorities were murdered, angry mobs rode through Kabul, forcing 16,000 British soldiers and ex-patriots to flee (including many women and children). Only one survived the ninety mile trek to a safe garrison. This is a devastating tale of how the world's greatest military power learned unimaginable lessons about the iron resistance of Afghanistan to foreign occupants. It has a faint echo of familiarity and timelessness, in a world that is once again familiar with the determination of Afghan autonomy. Unavailable for several years, this is now the only edition available of RETREAT FROM KABUL.
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Prayer Strategy: A Planning Workbook
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This workbook is designed to help ministry teams develop the ministry of prayer in local churches and ministry organizations. It is formatted as a retreat guide, but it can also be used in other settings. The proposed process is presented in three parts: pre-retreat, retreat and post-retreat. Part One, Pre-retreat, provides a guide for an initial orientation meeting, a personal prayer inventory and a congregational assessment instrument. Part Two, Retreat, directs the planning team through the first four steps of a five-step planning process: (1) assess, (2) set goals, (3) plan a course of action and (4) agree and celebrate?a covenant-making step. Integrated with these steps is a process for the shared discernment of God?s will. Part Three, Post-retreat, fulfills the final step in the five-step process: work the plan. Through a series of follow-through meetings combined with work conducted between meetings, the team pursues the goals set during the planning retreat.
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The Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense
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Win the battles of defending your retreat by avoiding them! Learn how to harden your city or rural refuge by locating it well and disguising it. "The best defense is obscurity, unobtrusiveness and silence," Benson writes. Chapters are Who Is the Enemy?, What If It Comes to a Fight?, Beyond Firepower and more.
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