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  • 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
  • By Delmar Bechtold
    Nov 13, 2013
    This first volume is an overview of the entire series. Even more than that it explains in detail the methods used to calculate the attributes of the myriad weapons systems involved in Barbarossa in a way that they can then be applied to any simulation of the opening campaign of the Great Patriotic War. This series is a must have for any persons interested in this campaign because of the breadth and depth of the materials presented. This reader knows of no other place where so much information is available in one single place in such detail for both Axis and Soviet sides. A true treasure trove of information at any cost. Well earned five stars.
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Product Details

ISBN
9781304038180
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Nigel Askey
Published
June 10, 2013
Language
English
Pages
209
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.36 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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