Bait and Bash (French: Appât et de Coup) is a tactic used by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Description[edit | edit source]
Bait and Bash involved luring an enemy into the ideal position and attacking when the conditions were perfect to bash them into submission.
Example[edit | edit source]
Napoleon applied this tactic during the Battle of Austerlitz, where he deceived the Russo-Austrian army into thinking that he was planning to surrender by withdrawing from the strategic position of Pratzen Heights and then used the cover of fog to mount a surprise attack on the weakened center of their lines. Through this tactic Napoleon was able to destroy the entire Austrian army and 1/3 of the Russian army.
On The Show[edit | edit source]
The Bait and Bash tactic was pitted against the Hybrid Warfare tactics of George Washington for the X-Factor of Battlefield Tactics. The edge was given to Napoleon due to the significance of the victory at Austerlitz.