Attrition warfare

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A war of attrition is a military strategy in which one side tries to cause so many deaths and so much destruction of military equipment that the enemy forces surrender. The side with more resources (soldiers and military equipment) is the side that usually wins.

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Military experts like Sun Tzu say attrition wars should not be done. Military experts say armies should try to win wars by using the least numbers of soldiers and weapons possible. Military experts say armies should try to win by doing surprise attacks.[1]

If both sides have about the same number of soldiers and weapons, winning a war by wearing down the other side will not really be a true victory, since the winner will have lost so many soldiers and so much equipment. Usually, when an enemy has been worn down, other methods like surprise attacks may be used.

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