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El Golpe Terrífico, or The Terrific Blow, was a tactic used by Pancho Villa.

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This tactic involved a unit using the shadow of darkness to surround an encampment and besieging it with artillery to destroy it in one "terrific blow." 

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Pancho Villa applied this tactic at the Second Battle of Torreón during the Mexican Revolution, where Pancho began his attack with an infantry advance which was a failure that resulted in them being counter-attacked and bombarded by a numerically superior force of 10,000 Federale soldiers. Pancho's Villistas soon redoubled their efforts by moving in at night and besieging the position that the artillery fire came from.

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