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The Stress of Battle: Quantifying Human Performance in Combat

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This publication, sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), traces the development of quantitative historical analysis techniques within the Ministry of Defence from studies (including trials and exercise monitoring) conducted in the 1970s. This analysis enables information to be compiled on more realistic combat modelling (using comparisons betwee ...more
Hardcover, first edition, 231 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by TSO
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James Kemp
This is a great work of Operational Research by David Rowland. The Stress of Battle: Quantifying Human Performance in Combat is the end result of years of work by David Rowland and his team at the Ministry of Defence. Rowland was the father of historical analysis as a branch of Operational Research.

This particular work looks at a combination of field analysis experiments in the 1980s using lasers, well documented WW2 engagements and a handful of battles from other wars. Almost every page in it i
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My interest is based upon James Kemp's raving reviews:

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Martin Samuels
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David Rowland has written an extraordinary book. Starting with the unexpected results of tests in the 1970s, which used new technology to examine the effectiveness of troops in military exercises (revealing a significant degradation in performance), Rowland moves on to show how these findings were extended through the use of statistical analysis of actual combat situations. The findings were a revelation - troops in combat were perhaps only 15% as effective as on the firing range, even though th ...more
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