This tag is used to avoid redundant forwards. This element allows configuring forwards that are used by multiple actions in a module. This helps to avoid mentioning for all the actions.
The global-forwards elements provide a way to have URIs that are called from many points in the application to be declared without redundancy.
The forward element represents a global-forward. It uses two attributes: name, which identifies this global-forward for access by the action components on the application, and path, which holds the URI to be redirected to when this forward is processed.
A global-forward is retrieved by the ActionMapping findForward method. When the findForward method can't find a locally defined forward with the specified name, it searches the global-forwards available and returns the one it finds.
<global-forwards> <forward name="home" path="/index.jsp" redirect="true"/> </global-forwards>