Opposed Rates of Advance of Large Forces in Europe (ORALFORE)
HISTORICAL EVALUATION AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATION DUNN LORING VA
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This report provides a detailed review and analysis of the operational and environmental circumstances relating to the advance rates in six different operations of World War II. General conclusions are 1 it is feasible to determine historical rates of advance of large forces in combat and to identify the operational and environmental factors influencing those rates of advance 2 it is likely that force ratios, however they may be calculated, do not influence rates of advance, but that sustained advances are probably not possible unless a threshold force ratio superiority has been achieved and 3 the analysis initiated in this feasibility study cannot be completed without a larger data base. An approach to the formulation of normalized advance rates for differing tactical situations is also demonstrated.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics