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Strategy, tactic and operational, what does it mean exactly?

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  1. SniperSquad

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    Hi everyone. I am often confused when I see those three terms:

    - Strategy
    - Tactic
    - Operational

    I would like, once and for all, to understand the distinctions between them.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Picked up these from the net. I guess the operational part is the hardest part but in case there will be people to help in this section here. Hope this helps you. Strategy and tactics are much easier to go through. At least for me.... :)

    Strategy
    can often be confused with tactics, goals and even actions. ... The Oxford Dictionary defines strategy as: “A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim” “The art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle”

    Tactics- An action or method that is planned and used to achieve a particular goal. : the activity or skill of organizing and moving soldiers and equipment in a military battle.

    In the field of military theory, the operational level of war (also called operational art) represents the level of command that connects the details of tactics with the goals of strategy.

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    You use strategy to plan operations that are won by effective tactics.
     
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    Like said, correct if I am wrong....But need you not have a strategy? With only tactics you don´t know what you are after?
     
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    Strategy drives more than the front line troops, it drives armament production, civilian consumption, etc. Everything comes under the umbrella of grand strategy.
     
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    And I did have strategy in there.
     
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    OK. My mistake. As a foreigner I don´t always understand what the protocols/wording in the Army mean. Better than talking in Finnish.Thank You!
     
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    English is bad enough, military English is just a nightmare.
     
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    Thank you guys for the explanation.

    So, lets get an example;

    We are in 1944 and the allied forces are planning D-Day on the beach of Normandy. So if I understand well, this is an operation in which several tactics are going to be used like sending paratroops behind the enemy lines, sending lots of boats and soldiers on the beach, trying to fool the Germans into believing that the allied are going to land on another beach ... So this is an operation or a strategy?

    Then, when allied paratroops land behind enemy line, their mission is to destroy the german bunkers to allow more allied troops to land safely on the beach. This is tactic?
     
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    I leave it to others." I am not worthy" ;) ;)
     
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    Strategy comes in levels. I've been speaking of Grand Strategy to avoid confusion.

    Examples of Grand Strategy can be found in the Pre-War Planning section on this page:

    Separate Files, Indices, etc.

    The ABC-1 talks would a prime example.
     
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