Accession Number:

AD0415865

Title:

A LANCHESTER MODEL OF GUERRILLA WARFARE,

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INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA

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Report Date:

1962-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

A variation of the Lanchester equations is ap plied to exploration of the force ratios required to win in guerrilla-counter-guerrilla warfare. It is shown that an attacking guerrilla force can, by using tactics which compensate for its weak nesses, defeat a force of defending regulars which has overall superiority in numbers and weapons. The defenders can win by appropriate selection of weapons, countertactics, and group sizes for individual engagements. In general, however, the high overall ratios of defending regulars to attacking guerrillas which have characterized recent warfare of this kind in which the defense has been successful are ex tremely difficult to reduce. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE