Accession Number : ADA177765


Title :   Parallels in Conflict: The American Revolution and the Vietnam War


Descriptive Note : Research rept.


Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL


Personal Author(s) : Daly, II, Robert P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a177765.pdf


Report Date : May 1986


Pagination or Media Count : 45


Abstract : Research uses the Fabyanic Model to assess why British and United States military strategies were remarkably similar in the American Revolution and the Vietnam War respectively, and why each superpower was defeated by a numerically and qualitatively inferior force. Comparative analysis shows that both British and American leaders failed to appreciate the true nature of the conflicts, did not establish clear or reasonable national objectives, and each nation pursued a flawed military strategy of limited force. Report concludes that when faced with revolutionary civil wars, military commanders should advocate military force only when the political situation will support a decisive military campaign early in the conflict.


Descriptors :   *POLITICAL REVOLUTION , *WARFARE , LEADERSHIP , LIMITATIONS , MILITARY COMMANDERS , MILITARY STRATEGY , POLITICAL SCIENCE , UNITED KINGDOM , UNITED STATES , VIETNAM


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE