Accession Number:

AD0869481

Title:

Study of Land/Air Trade-Offs (SLAT). Volume 9. Statistical Analysis of Korean War Data-Spring 1951

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL WARFARE ANALYSIS GROUP

Report Date:

1970-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

124.0

Abstract:

Battle data of divisions engaged in the Korean War during the spring of 1951 is analyzed by statistical methods for relations among strengths, firepower, and casualties. Graphs are presented covering this and other data for U.N. divisions over time. Equations are derived for friendly and enemy casualties and for ground gained, in terms of strength and firepower. The equations are not symmetrical for opposing forces because of differences in firepower, and in policy covering ground gains and reinforcements. Major factors are the opposing strengths and artillery, which proved important during enemy attacks. Techniques were developed for compiling air sorties from all services for the divisions supported and relating them to results the effects are usually not very evident in the numbers of enemy troops killed, except when the U.N. force was attacking. Empirical equations among strengths, firepower, and casualties are derived for low- and high-intensity battles in which each side was attacking. The equations based on divisional level do not appear useful for planning. This work is related to SLAT studies of firepower potential in those, engagements were conducted on a smaller scale.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE