RF wrote:.... The main exceptions I can think of are completely mis-matched forces where the aggressor is the only possible winner, ...
If an infantry force can ambush their opponent they usually win.
RF wrote:I suppose that the dictum of who hits first wins was amptly demonstrated at the Denmark Strait battle, and again to a lessor extent in Bismarck's final battle three days later.
Then again, this is countered by Kirishima getting the jump on the USN in a night action, initially pounding their opponent until USS Washington entered the stage.
This action supports the position that the attacker must both survive and overcome the defender--neither of which, Kirishima was ultimately successful at doing.
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