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War by numbers : understanding conventional combat / Christopher A. Lawrence.

By: Lawrence, Christopher A [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Lincoln : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2017Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781612349176; 161234917X.Subject(s): Warfare, Conventional -- History | Combat -- History | Warfare, Conventional -- Philosophy | Military art and science -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: War by numbersDDC classification: 355.02 Other classification: HIS027110 | HIS037080 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
1. Understanding War -- 2. Force Ratios -- 3. Attacker versus Defender -- 4. Human Factors -- 5. Measuring Human Factors in Combat : Italy, 1943-1944 -- 6. Measuring Human Factors in Combat : Ardennes and Kursk, July 1943 -- 7. Measuring Human Factors in Combat : Modern Wars -- 8. Outcome of Battles -- 9. Exchange Ratios -- 10. The Combat Value of Superior Situational Awareness -- 11. The Combat Value of Surprise -- 12. The Nature of Lower Levels of Combat -- 13. The Effects of Dispersion on Combat -- 14. Advance Rates -- 15. Casualties -- 16. Urban Legends -- 17. The Use of Case Studies -- 18. Modeling Warfare -- 19. Validation of the TNDM -- 20. Conclusions -- Appendix 1: Dupuy's Timeless Verities of Combat -- Appendix 2: Dupuy's Combat Advance Rate Verities -- Appendix 3: Dupuy's Combat Attrition Verities.
Scope and content: "A study of the basic nature of conventional warfare based on extensive analysis of historical combat to indicate the impact that various factors have on warfare"--Provided by publisher.Scope and content: "War by Numbers assesses the nature of conventional warfare through the analysis of historical combat. Christopher A. Lawrence establishes what we know about conventional combat and why we know it. By demonstrating the impact a variety of factors have on combat he moves such analysis beyond the work of Carl von Clausewitz and into modern data and interpretation. Using vast data sets, Lawrence examines force ratios, the human factor in case studies from World War II and beyond, the combat value of superior situational awareness, and the effects of dispersion, among other elements. Lawrence challenges existing interpretations of conventional warfare and shows how such combat should be conducted in the future, simultaneously broadening our understanding of what it means to fight wars by the numbers"--Provided by publisher.
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"A study of the basic nature of conventional warfare based on extensive analysis of historical combat to indicate the impact that various factors have on warfare"--Provided by publisher.

"War by Numbers assesses the nature of conventional warfare through the analysis of historical combat. Christopher A. Lawrence establishes what we know about conventional combat and why we know it. By demonstrating the impact a variety of factors have on combat he moves such analysis beyond the work of Carl von Clausewitz and into modern data and interpretation. Using vast data sets, Lawrence examines force ratios, the human factor in case studies from World War II and beyond, the combat value of superior situational awareness, and the effects of dispersion, among other elements. Lawrence challenges existing interpretations of conventional warfare and shows how such combat should be conducted in the future, simultaneously broadening our understanding of what it means to fight wars by the numbers"--Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references.

1. Understanding War -- 2. Force Ratios -- 3. Attacker versus Defender -- 4. Human Factors -- 5. Measuring Human Factors in Combat : Italy, 1943-1944 -- 6. Measuring Human Factors in Combat : Ardennes and Kursk, July 1943 -- 7. Measuring Human Factors in Combat : Modern Wars -- 8. Outcome of Battles -- 9. Exchange Ratios -- 10. The Combat Value of Superior Situational Awareness -- 11. The Combat Value of Surprise -- 12. The Nature of Lower Levels of Combat -- 13. The Effects of Dispersion on Combat -- 14. Advance Rates -- 15. Casualties -- 16. Urban Legends -- 17. The Use of Case Studies -- 18. Modeling Warfare -- 19. Validation of the TNDM -- 20. Conclusions -- Appendix 1: Dupuy's Timeless Verities of Combat -- Appendix 2: Dupuy's Combat Advance Rate Verities -- Appendix 3: Dupuy's Combat Attrition Verities.

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Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst and has participated in studies for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Air Force. He is the executive director and president of the Dupuy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict. Lawrence is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka and America's Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam .<br> <br> <br>

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