Good Vargr Hunting Tactics

(Retrofitted from the Korean War)

“One More Tactic for the Pack”

Tactically, the North Koreans repeated time after time one technique which was marvelously effective: they engaged fixed enemy positions with direct frontal attacks or fire, then sent forces around both flanks, if possible, in an envelopment movement designed either to surround the enemy and then squeeze him into a small perimeter to destroy him or force him to surrender, or, if this failed, to cut off his retreat or reinforcements by means of roadblocks in his rear.

This system worked well in the fluid situation which existed during the summer of 1950, when there were no fully manned main lines of resistance extending over many miles which could not be flanked easily. It was especially successful in tactical situations in which the T34 tanks could move directly against enemy positions on the roads, pinning the enemy in place with fire, while North Korean infantry slipped around both sides of the positions to the rear. Even if one of the envelopments did not work, the other often did.

I bet it works just as well for grav tanks.

Doing a proper envelopment is more difficult in space, especially in warship-to-warship engagements: but a properly-handled Vargr Wolfpack can definitely eat up a run-of-the-mill convoy… nevermind the foolish lone trader.

Naturally, the proper countermeasure is to extend and strengthen those battlelines. If you don’t have the force to do that, you’ll have to bomb/rocket/gas/strife those enveloping formations. A sufficiently high-tech force – grav-belted troopers, for example – should be able to zoom around the battlefield, disrupting these formations. But, these forces might be too fragile, if the enemy has sufficient anti-air weaponry.

Genghis Khan Rides Again!

[Or, In-Universe: “How The Endless Hunt Taught the Vargr War”]

Double-envelopment tactics were natural to North Koreans. Flank envelopments have been basic techniques of war for thousands of years, but some soldiers have more success in carrying them out than others. When they could, the North Koreans followed the model of the greatest of all armies at envelopment, the Mongols of the thirteenth century under Genghis Khan and his successors. The Mongol method of attack was based upon their method of hunting, and Genghis Khan trained his armies by means of a great hunt each winter in peacetime. An army would begin by pressing the game backward, then the flanks of the army would advance ahead of the center, around the game and to the rear, encircling the increasingly terrified animals, then pressing them together from all points of the compass. The training for the Mongol soldiers consisted primarily in teaching them to prevent the escape of even a hare or a deer as the trap was closing. This required an incredible degree of control of all encircling elements. When it worked, practically no animals broke free on their own. For soldiers adept in corralling animals in a great hunt, hunting men became easy.

“Not a single merchantman is to escape. Not. One.”

The great thing here is how a proper envelopment makes use of both Vargr Ikonaz hunting & herding instincts, and the Vilani Ikonaz discipline and drive for “100% completion”.

So, to extend the quote:
“Not a single merchantman is to escape. Not. One.”
“Allowing escape and permitting survivors is Untraditional,” the Vilani Lieutenant replied.

When envelopment worked for the North Koreans, and it often did, practically no organized units, and often few men, escaped the traps. Fortunately for South Korea, the North Koreans possessed no military genius like Genghis Khan who could expand this limited tactical concept into a far-reaching strategic plan to conquer the South in a single great coordinated campaign.

It wouldn’t take a military genius for Ikon to conquer the Imperial Empty Quarter: the bone to gnaw on is Antares and her full-strength Sector Fleet, not Lazisar or Hebrin or any Emptyheaded system.

But there has always been Ikonic Vargr Admirals who dream of the eternal charismatic glory to be gained by wolfing up all of the Domain of Antares in one swift swallow. For a Vargr with such prowess, finishing off the impoverished Six Subsectors would be frankly beneath him: something best left for the cubs to cut their teeth on.

About Alvin Plummer

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