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date: 26 February 2020

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Land warfare is a permanent feature of human experience and probably embodies the ultimate form of state activity. For nearly two thousand years, organized societies have defined themselves based on values derived from their territorial awareness, making the terrestrial environment the focus of confrontations. The strategic significance of land warfare has constituted a key factor in the history of conflicts for two reasons. The first is that the use of land forces is an unequivocal action demonstrating the determination of a society or state to achieve a decisive political objective. The second is that land forces are the only ones capable of capturing, occupying, and holding a position, in an essentially complex environment, by maintaining a presence on the ground for as long as necessary.

Keywords: land warfare, conflict, land forces, political objective, state activity, terrestrial environment

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