Accession Number:

AD0713373

Title:

COMBAT CASUALTIES AND MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENT

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

58.0

Abstract:

The study describes an academic reconnaissance in force conducted by selecting a sample of World War II rifle companies, determining their mission accomplishment and associated casualties, and analyzing the results statistically. This analysis reveals no indication of correlation between incidence of mission success and casualties. Since the study uses data at the small unit level, it is obvious that even though the Army as an institution holds assigned mission to be paramount, the individual commanders and leaders who are members of this institution do not actually behave accordingly. Such a reality gap can have significant consequences.

Subject Categories:

  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE