Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation Volume I
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In June 1941 the Wehrmacht launched Operation Barbarossa: the attack on the USSR and the largest land invasion in recorded history. Operation Barbarossa: the Complete Organisational and Statistical Analysis, and Military Simulation focuses on 1941 - when the USSR came closest to defeat. It includes full analyses of the belligerents’ armed forces, weapons, equipment, personnel, transport, logistics, war-production, mobilisation and replacements. The work employs a unique military simulation methodology, extending from the tactical to the strategic level, and applies this methodology to each of the belligerents. Volume I, the first of six volumes, is primarily concerned with the structure of this methodology, but uses many of the events and weapons from Operation Barbarossa as illustrative case studies. The complete work represents the most historically accurate, advanced and comprehensive analysis of the first six months of the largest and most decisive military campaign of WWII.
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Jun 15, 2015Where 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
Oct 17, 2014Volume 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
Feb 21, 2014Operation 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
Nov 13, 2013This 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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- Nigel Askey (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Nigel Askey
- June 10, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.36 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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