Accession Number : ADA262548


Title :   The Battle of Little Round Top: An Analysis of Battle Alternatives Through Commercial Wargames


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : McGuiness, John J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262548.pdf


Report Date : Mar 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 196


Abstract : This thesis examines the problem of whether one can use commercial wargames as a tool for historical research. The research examines two wargames dealing with the battle of Little Round Top: Gettysburg: The Turning Point and Thunder at the Crossroads. This research emphasized the need to analyze the wargame's structure prior to playing the game. This will avoid a possible mistake of drawing a conclusion about a particular driver in the battle which may not be from the historical situation but rather an inevitable outcome produced by the model's basic assumptions. Additionally, quantitative measures of time lines, casualty rates, and force ratios were examined during the replay of the historical battle and two other 'what if' scenarios. Although some parts of the games are open to debate, for the purpose of exploring the historical battle and playing 'what if' type scenarios both served their purpose: to open one's imagination and develop insights. The results of the games must be judged on their insights into the battle, not as a precise prediction of what would happen....Combat modeling, Wargames, Military history.


Descriptors :   *WAR GAMES , *BATTLES , SCENARIOS , RATIOS , MILITARY HISTORY , PREDICTIONS , STRUCTURES , RATES , THESES , ERRORS , CASUALTIES , RECREATION


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE