The narrative of the fourteenth day's fighting at Kurukshetra shows that,
even in the Mahabharata times, the modern tactics of turning and enveloping movements was
The advantages and risks of such strategy appear to have been fully
understood and discussed even in those days. Arjuna's flanking manoeuvres perplexed his
enemies greatly. The story of that day's battle between Bhima and Karna reads very much
like a chapter from the narrative of a modern war.
Bhima did not desire to fight Karna or remain long engaged with him. He
was eager to reach where Arjuna was. But Radheya would, by no means, permit him to do
this. He showered his arrows on Bhimasena and stopped him from proceeding.
The contrast between the two warriors was striking- Karna's handsome
lotus-like face was radiant with smiles when he attacked Bhima saying: "Do not show
your back," "Now, do not flee like a coward," and so on.