El Golpe Terrífico, or The Terrific Blow, was a tactic used by Pancho Villa.


This tactic involved a unit using the shadow of darkness to surround an encampment and besieging it with artillery to destroy it in one "terrific blow." 


Pancho Villa applied this tactic at the Second Battle of Torreón during the Mexican Revolution, where Pancho began his attack with an infantry advance which was a failure that resulted in them being counter-attacked and bombarded by a numerically superior force of 10,000 Federale soldiers. Pancho's Villistas soon redoubled their efforts by moving in at night and besieging the position that the artillery fire came from.

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