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incursion (noun) sudden and temporary military attack.
When one country makes an incursion into another country, it makes a sudden and limited military attack on that country. The incursions into Poland by Germany marked the beginning of the World War II. That is, the frequent and sudden attacks by Germany on Poland gradually led to World War II.
- The incursions of Britain and France into china in the 19th century led to the fall of the Dowger empire in China, and part of it became a part of British Empire.
- The incursions of Germany into the neighboring countries with the motive of conquest and subjugation led to World War II.