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Human wave attack

Human wave attack is a military term describing a type of assault performed by infantry units in which soldiers attack in successive line formations.

Such attacks are common in all poorly equipped armies, or where the objective is of strategic importance.

The casualty rate is generally enormous, yet such attacks are often successful and therefore remain an accepted combat technique.

The Viet Minh, under the command of General Giap, successfully used the human wave attack method against the entrenched French garrison at Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam), shocking the French government into seeking an end to the conflict in Indochina.

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