|These screenshots are from plain vanilla ArmA 3, using custom made missions.|
Repeating from that blog entry, in Fighting by Minutes (page 6), there is a summary of the premise of the "time flank"
An Army's lines extend only so far to the right and left. It has a certain finite depth as well. But an Army also has temporal limits that define its influence: an army is not always strong. There is a period of time before the army is ready to fight, and there is a period of time after it is no longer ready to fight. These boundaries in time represent the army's "time flank". The commander who learns to "turn the time flank", so to speak, will consistently overturn enemy defenses.
|Let's start by ourselves. Don't get your time flank turned by getting caught not deployed/ready for immediate engagement.|
|Weapon up! Everything you watch at can be shot at immediately.|
|Still figuring out a better position to shoot at me, this CSAT operator is not deployed to engage me. Another kill.|
|A third CSAT operator comes back towards my position but I have my weapon at the ready and I can shoot at him faster than he can do anything. The remaining CSAT operator runs away and I never fin him.|
In the above example, thanks to the terrain, I could avoid being confronted with a fully deployed enemy patrol. I've turned their time flank, by not letting them deploy as a fully functional unit.
|In open terrain, chances are that the enemy will be able to deploy at once against me. There is a modicum of cover provided by some rocks here and there.|
|In real life, a good idea for a first strike would be the officer in charge and leave the enemy force without a leader. In ArmA 3, as soon as I kill the leader, the second in command takes over immediately.|
|Off course, as soon as I dispatched the enemy officer, the full remaining patrollers delivered volley after volley onto the rocks in which I was taking cover. Despite being deployed to engage me, they were focused in my last known position. So I moved out of their sights to the other side of the hill and gained a slight advantage out of them aiming at my old location. It was neither nice nor easy. Yet it worked.|