Accession Number : ADA264169


Title :   Tactical Victory Leading to Strategic Defeat: Historic Examples of Hidden Failures in Operational Art


Descriptive Note : Final rept.,


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI


Personal Author(s) : Van Hook, Gordan E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264169.pdf


Report Date : 22 Jun 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 57


Abstract : Tactical victories that ultimately lead to strategic defeat can provide explicit examples of the importance of operational art in linking tactical actions to strategic goals. By studying their causes, the fundamental principles involved and their applicability to today's military planner and commander can be presented. An analysis of five possible causes of tactical victory and strategic defeat is presented with two historic examples each for illustration. The dangers of tactical victories are discussed with reference to their possible affect on the psychology of troops, the commander, and national leaders. The military commander, thoroughly schooled in the principles of operational art, must provide the critical link in the rational evaluation of the ultimate effectiveness of a victory. Tactical victory, Strategic defeat, Operational art.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY PLANNING , MILITARY COMMANDERS , PSYCHOLOGY


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE