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Generally, a battle is a conceptual component in the hierarchy of combat in warfare between two or more armed forces, or combatants. A war sometimes consists of many battles. Battles generally are well defined in duration, area, and force commitment.<ref>p.65, Dupuy</ref>

Wars and military campaigns are guided by strategy, whereas battles take place on a level of planning and execution known as operational mobility.<ref>p.10, Glantz</ref> German strategist Carl von Clausewitz stated that "the employment of battles ... to achieve the object of war"<ref>translation of part quote from p.77, Clausewitz</ref> was the essence of strategy.


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