War by Numbers
Understanding Conventional Combat
Christopher A. Lawrence
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Potomac Books
eBook ISBN: 9781612349152
War by Numbers assesses the nature of conventional warfare through
the analysis of historical combat. Christopher A. Lawrence
establishes what we know about conventional combat and why we know
it. By demonstrating the impact a variety of factors have on combat
he moves such analysis beyond the work of Carl von Clausewitz and
into modern data and interpretation. Using vast data sets, Lawrence
examines force ratios, the human factor in case studies from World
War II and beyond, the combat value of superior situational
awareness, and the effects of dispersion, among other elements.
Lawrence challenges existing interpretations of conventional
warfare and shows how such combat should be conducted in the
future, simultaneously broadening our understanding of what it
means to fight wars by the numbers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christopher A. Lawrence is a professional historian and military analyst and has participated in studies for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Air Force. He is the executive director and president of the Dupuy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to scholarly research and objective analysis of historical data related to armed conflict. Lawrence is the author of Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka and America's Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.
"War by Numbers takes the study of military history out of the realm of storytelling and simplistic interpretation into a realm of systematic and impartial analysis of available recorded data. This is an essential book for the theorist, the analyst, the war planner, and the war fighter."—Maj. Gen. Nicholas Krawciw, U.S. Army (Ret.)