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  • n. An encircled enemy unit.


From Finnish motti. (Wiktionary)


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  • Finnish word for a encircled enemy force, aka a kessel in German. From mottius the innovative Finnish tactic in the Winter and Continuation wars to break up Soviet forces into pockets by the use of light and highly mobile forces that then allowed the isolated pocket, sometimes composed of stronger forces, to 'cook' until it ran out of supplies.
    One of the most celebrated examples is the battle of Suomussalami

    January 26, 2009