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High ground is an area of elevated terrain, which can be useful in combat. Later incorporated to be advantageous in architectural designs such as castles and fortress es which included towers and walls designed to provide structural advantages for positions of troops and weaponry which could be thrown or fired from above. In Sun Tzu 's The Art of Warmilitary leaders are advised to take high ground and let the enemy try to attack from a lower position.
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General Ji Ling of the late Eastern Han Dynasty used this principle to his advantage by sending lookouts to positions of higher-ground to scout for and provide early warning about enemy troops.
For example, in the Soviet—Afghan Warmujahideen guerrillas based themselves in the mountains of Afghanistanthereby protecting themselves from the Soviet motorized divisions. This forced the Soviets to rely heavily on helicopters to conduct the war, but the United States gave Higher Ground - Various - Elevated mujahideen FIM Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, which, arguably, [ according to whom? The high ground and anti-aircraft missiles made it possible for the mujahideen to use guerrilla warfare against the Soviets without being wiped out.
Taborite soldiers were eventually able to make a downhill charge and wipe out the remaining Utraquists. Here again, high ground played a crucial role in the outcome of the battle. However, getting the high ground is not always advantageous. In the Battle of Jieting of the Three Kingdoms period of ChinaShu Han forces occupied a hilltop, which Cao Wei forces soon surrounded and isolated the Shu forces from water supplies and reinforcements.
The Shu forces suffered a humiliating defeat, and the Shu northern expedition had to be aborted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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