Rates of Advance in Infantry Division Attacks in the Normandy-Northern France and Siegfried Line Campaigns
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Historical research is aimed at gaining insights into any relationships which might exist among the key simulation elements of force ratios, casualties, and rates of advance. A representative sample of 90 allied infantry division attacks was prepared in order to illustrate the character of advances achieved and casualties incurred. Fifty of the actions occurred in Normandy-Northern France and thirty-five in the American attack on the Siegfried Line. Five battles from the Ardennes campaign are also included because of the similarity of the terrain to that of the Siegfried Line. The purpose of the paper is not to attempt to establish precise relationships among the factors of rates of advance, casualties, resistance and terrain, but rather to determine general relationships of value to the model builder.
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