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  • By John Thornton
    Jun 5, 2018
    I have never written a book review before but I was so impressed with this book I thought I needed to add my thoughts to the other reviews. I did not think the quantitative analysis method would be much of an improvement over the Quantified Judgment Model used in Dupuy's 'Numbers, Prediction and War' and 'Understanding War' so I had a skeptical approach before I received the book. I purchased the book online and after a quick browse through the book I was impressed. By the time I had finished reading the first chapters of the book my concerns disappeared as the depth and extent of coverage is unparalleled, with this simulation project set to become the best reference source available. Part I of the book describes a complete mathematical model representing a country's war effort, which enables the creation and flow of all (war related) resources to be continuously tracked from mobilisation and manufacture, to loss from combat and attrition. Part II of the book describes the methodology... More > used for analysing weapon system effectiveness, and the structure of the 1941 Soviet and Axis resource database. The chapters are arranged in a logical order which makes it easy to understand the many parts of this complete land, sea, air simulation for the Eastern Front till the end of 1941. The reasoning used to develop the formulas used for the simulation model and weapon system effectiveness are explained to clarify how they were determined. The book contains an immense amount of information which would otherwise only be available through reading relevant sections of the many books shown in the bibliography. If you require further investigation the footnotes at the bottom of the pages make it easy to identify the original source information. I am amazed at the amount of research, scholarship and effort which Mr Askey has undertaken to date and which will need to be undertaken to complete this massive simulation project. This book would appeal to the volume VI simulation software player, anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of combat and anyone with an historical interest in the period covered by the simulation. I am interested in all of the above so it's equivalent to getting three books for the price of one. The final volume VI will contain the computer simulation based on the methodology and data contained in the previous volumes, which will enable the user to simulate alternative scenarios to obtain a better understanding of the conflict.< Less
  • By Nigel Askey
    Jun 19, 2016
    Editorial Review. “Askey’s book is totally unique. It provides the reader with a most valuable key to the understanding of the huge war on the Eastern Front during World War II. It is a goldmine of information that answers the many, many question that rise from reading other Eastern Front books. Nigel Askey also deserves praise for the very detailed source references, and the high quality of sources that he has used. When the whole series is completed, it is bound to become the major reference work on the Eastern Front on the same level as John Erickson and David Glantz. Without doubt, Askey’s work is a milestone, and an indispensable reference work on Operation Barbarossa for probably decades to come”. Christer Bergström, Author of Operation Barbarossa 1941: Hitler against Stalin (2016), Black Cross/Red Star: Air War over the Eastern Front (2000-2006), Kursk: The Air Battle (2008), Bagration to Berlin (2008), and other books on the Eastern Front.
  • By Andrew Illingworth
    Jun 15, 2015
    Where to begin? Volume I of this literature series is like the build-up to a military operation itself. All of the necessary methodologies in creating a new and more accurate simulation in respect to Operation Barbarossa are brought forth by the author. The book provides a clear definition of what military simulations are and how they have previously been understood along with clear explanations for associated terminologies, concepts and sub-concepts. An analysis of the historical usage of war games – including a justification of their continued importance – is conducted to provide a backdrop of how military simulations are constantly refined to increase the historical accuracy of their calculated scenarios. Naturally, as a consequence of the ground-breaking research provided in Volumes IIa and IIb (and those yet to be released), the author critiques some of current methods used by popular strategy games and historical think tanks in their theoretical replaying of Operation Barbarossa... More > and World War II as a whole. Askey’s work in Volume I also clears up understandings on very suggestive military concepts relating to Operation Barbarossa and warfare in general (e.g. divisions in terms of their authorised strength vs. actual strength upon being committed to combat). Efforts in regards to this matter in Volume I goes as far as comparing the explosive power and suppression effect of artillery shells (based on typical calibres) to air-dropped, high-explosive bombs. The old breed of historians never drew such parallels, because they never applied mathematics to their descriptions of military items. Askey compensates for these previously unconsidered realities. In proposing new parameters for an updated simulation of Operation Barbarossa, important items of war – be it a rifle squad, a shell, machine gun, tank, warplane or even a supply truck – are given a combat value based on factors relating to mobility, rate-of-fire, turret crew compliment, reliability, range, accuracy, penetration and so on. Theory vs. practice is a MAJOR theme throughout this entire book, and indeed the other volumes in the series as a whole, when assessing the realities of the weapon systems, strategies, unit-level tactics and orders of battle employed by the major factions in Operation Barbarossa. One absolute must with regards to engaging with Askey’s Barbarossa series is that all volumes – currently available and yet to be released – be acquired by a would-be reader.< Less
  • By Tom Hughes
    Oct 17, 2014
    Volume I is one of the very few published works available on how to construct a military simulation from scratch, and the essential concepts behind operational-strategic level simulations. Operation Barbarossa is used as background, and it is hard to imagine a more complex military campaign (there has never been a larger one). In the process, Volume I also becomes an effective introduction to the whole series. However, it is not essential to have Volume I if the reader only wants to focus on the history of Barbarossa and not worry about the detail of how the author has calculated each weapon’s effectiveness, or the overall concepts. I purchased Volume IIA in this series before betting Volume I, only because I later became more interested in the methodology used. Having had experience with some of the so called ‘military simulations’ used by the UK and NATO military commands (via the MoD in the UK), I was surprised to see that the mechanisms used in this book for calculating weapon... More > effectiveness are more sophisticated, accurate and practical than most of the current ones used by NATO. The author has used some of the (now old) Dupuy Institute’s QJMA and TNDM concepts as a starting point, and then enhanced these equations to a large degree for most weapon systems. In other cases the equations are completely new, and many of the ‘factors’ included are not even considered in many current NATO methodologies. Military professionals and analysts would do well to look at this work. Having said this, the author has gone to great lengths to keep the mathematics relatively simple for the general reader. The equations are presented clearly and carefully explained, and at the same time he uses examples from WWII (mainly in the East) to illustrate the points. In doing this, he has managed to produce a book on a relatively dry subject which still keeps one’s interest, as well as producing an original and possibly revolutionary way of measuring combat effectiveness.< Less
  • By Breaker Mccoy
    Feb 21, 2014
    Operation Barbarossa: Volume I is an excellently researched approach to the German invasion (some say, a pre-emptive strike) of the USSR, in June, 1941 (Operation Barbarossa). It is a unique and highly valuable contribution to the constantly growing publication pool of World War II’s most important war theater. Operation Barbarossa: Volume I consists of reader-friendly text written in plain English that is well-organized in order to facilitate understanding. Sub-headings break the chapters down into convenient slices. The book’s academic and mathematical origins should not deter any reader because it is both readable and user friendly. Volume I’s subtitle, “the Complete Organizational and Statistical Analysis and Military Simulation” seems incredible, considering all of the research already invested in the subject. However, the study focuses upon the period 22 June to 31 December 1941, arguably a very important time frame for understanding what occurred thereafter. There is no doubt... More > that the work is so well done that it will cause many readers to proclaim: “Now I understand.” I know of no other World War II author or researcher who could have done a better job than Mr. Askey. He has deftly accomplished the objectives that he set for each volume of his work. Volume I is a fascinating collage of researched facts massaged by statistical analysis and an accompanying military simulation methodology. In effect, the author is providing the reader with a systematic process for evaluating, comparing, and concluding through the reader’s own analysis of facts. The work includes an analytical and quantitative based methodology for creating a model of a nation’s armed forces in wars, campaigns and/or battles. By comparing such models of warring protagonists, cross referenced by the manipulation of objective parameters, new analysis can be devised based on solid and codified decisions. The most brilliant aspect of the Askey historical paradigm is the fact that what he includes in his material can be understood and utilized without the reader having to learn mathematical or arcane computer formulas. In that respect, it also provides a useful introduction to simulations.< Less
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First Edition
Nigel Askey
June 10, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.36 lbs.
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8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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