HOW TO WRITE A BATTLE ANALYSIS
To provide guidance on writing the battle analysis.
2. Learning Objective.
The student must prepare a battle analysis that demonstrates the ability to use military history to develop critical thinking skills. Focus your analysis on one of the following issues: a. Evaluate the commander's intent. b. Analyze one aspect of METT-T. c. Analyze the relationship between fire support and any other element of the battlefield operating systems. d. Evaluate a specific aspect of combat leadership or troop leading procedures. e. Analyze one element of the battlefield organization (close, deep, or rear). 3. Task.
a. Select a book(s) and analyze a specific battle or engagement. b. Your analysis must include (1) what was supposed to happen, (2) what happened, and (3) the lessons learned. Focus your analysis on one specific lesson learned
. 4. Standards.
a. Effective writing.
All papers must be easily understandable in one single rapid reading and generally free from grammatical error. b. Effective analysis. Demonstrate the ability to conduct systematic, disciplined analysis of military history and draw lessons relevant to tomorrow's battles. 5. Administrative Instructions.
a. Grading will on a 10 point scale
-you will be graded on what is expected of a 2nd semester Junior in College
-you will be graded on what is expected of an MS3 in ROTC
-you must use the Military briefing techniques
-you must know the material without having to read from note cards or slides
-presentations must be professional. You must include maps and pictures of the battlefield b. Papers must be typed.
c. . Papers must be no more than two type-written pages in length d. Be sure to cite the source(s) of your information. At the minimum include the author's name, the title of the book(s), and date of publication. Example: Glen Tucker, Chickamauga (1983). e. At the top of the paper include your name and class. f. Your paper must be your own work. You may ask others to review and comment on your paper. Do not copy a fellow student's paper and put your name on it. This is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. I will turn your name(s) over to the battalion/university for administrative action. g. If you have any questions or would like me to review a draft of your paper, please contact me at: Hours: 0730-1630 daily
Annotated Basic Battle Analysis Methodology:
DEFINE THE SUBJECT/EVALUATE THE SOURCES: Just like a military operation, a successful study of military history requires a clear, obtainable objective. The battle analysis format begins with the definition of the study.
a. Define the Battle to be Analyzed. This will become your introduction
(1) Where did it take place?
(2) Who were principle adversaries?
(3) When did the battle occur?
Determine the research sources: Once you have chosen a subject, decide what sources you will need to make a systematic and balanced study. Books and articles will make up the majority of your sources, but other media—such as video, audio, and electronic ones—can also contribute to the study.
(1) Books: Look for a variety of sources to get a balanced account of the battle. Memoirs, biographies, operational histories, and institutional histories should all be consulted for information on your subject. Do not overlook general histories, which can help provide the strategic setting.
(2) Articles: Articles from professional military publications and historical journals can be excellent sources of information.
(3) Other: Documentaries containing film footage of actual events or interviews with people...
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