Accession Number:

AD0297375

Title:

LANCHESTER AS FORCE IN HISTORY: AN ANALYSIS OF LAND BATTLES OF THE YEARS 1618-1905

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RESEARCH ANALYSIS CORP MCLEAN VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1962-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

43.0

Abstract:

Without prejudice to the hypothesis that either of Lanchesters laws - linear or square - accurately depicts the attrition of forces over short periods of time in the engagements of small land-combat units e.g. platoons or companies, it may be asked whether an elementary form of these laws, or a simple generalization of them, adequately describes the course and outcome of battles between armies. Specifically, the goal of the investigation reported here was to determine, by an examination of historical military data, the extent to which Lanchesters equations are an expression of a general property of battle.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE