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    Do you agree or disagree with the small force theory(great article in the premiere issue)?
    -C.M. Ansley
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    Re: Small Force Theory

    Originally posted by C.M. Ansley
    Do you agree or disagree with the small force theory(great article in the premiere issue)?
    -C.M. Ansley
    I don't feel that lower numbers will guarantee or prohibit victory in and of themselves. Numbers are not the vital factor. There are too many other variables that are immeasurable -- leadership, training, morale -- and some that are measurable -- status of logistics, for example. The old saw is that R E Lee used to first three (the immeasurables) to whip the yankees before the fourth one (the measurable) dragged him down, in combination with superior numbers. Whether you believe that or not is probably an individual thing, but you hear it all the time.

    It also depends on how you define the battle -- on the tactical, operational, or strategic level -- and how you define time -- days, months, or years. Increasingly in modern days all of these have blended more or less seamlessly since with improved logistics sustaining a war has proven easier (many believe that the huge lethality of modern weapons is changing that back again).

    So, bottom line, I don't believe in the Small Force Theory.

    (Interesting corollary: a recent issue of The Onion has an article wherein a "bandaged and bleeding Osama bin Laden offers US one last opportunity to surrender". His argument is that (1) his force is more compact and has interior lines (as we reduce his maneuver space) so he now has the tactical advantage and (2) we now present more targets than he does (as he runs out of men). Gotta love The Onion -- www.theonion.com!
    )
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    • #3
      Re: Small Force Theory

      Originally posted by C.M. Ansley
      Do you agree or disagree with the small force theory(great article in the premiere issue)?
      -C.M. Ansley
      Yes, a capable, well-motivated smaller force can triumph on the battlefield. On many occasions, the Romans faced numerically superior forces and triumph through disciplines, tactics, leadership and (sometimes) superior weaponry. A numerically superior force may depend on only that advantage to carry the day - this is an often fatal error. As the losses mount, their advantage evaporates, as does their morale in many instances.

      Consider US forces in Korea being assaulted by wave upon wave of Chinese soldiers. Though they did not always hold their original positions, they inflicted such punishing losses that the Chinese formations were combat ineffective afterwards. Similar assaults occurred in the Pacific during World War II.
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      • #4
        Smaller forces can (and do) win battles but there is usually some type of "force multiplier" involved. It could be superior weaponry, tactics, mobility, training or most likely a combination of all of them.
        Lance W.

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        • #5
          Re: Re: Small Force Theory

          Originally posted by Janos
          (Interesting corollary: a recent issue of The Onion has an article wherein a "bandaged and bleeding Osama bin Laden offers US one last opportunity to surrender".
          That was brilliant - thanks for making my day.

          Dr. S.
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            Re: Re: Re: Small Force Theory

            Originally posted by Doctor Sinister
            That was brilliant - thanks for making my day.
            Dr. S.
            Gotta love The Onion!
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            • #7
              Small Force Theory

              I think the name is misleading. It is not "Small Force Theory" but, more accurately, "Combined Arms Theory."

              A small, well balanced army (infantry, cavalry, skirmishers, etc.) would definitely have the advantage over a larger army made up mostly of only one military arm (mostly infantry, mostly cavalry, etc).

              I really didn't like that article. When I saw the title I thought it was really going to talk about "Theory" but just wound up talking about one battle, and very briefly I might add.

              It would have been nice to read an in-depth analysis of "Small Force Theory" and the reasons for its advantages.

              My $0.02

              ATMahan

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              • #8
                Re: Small Force Theory

                Originally posted by atmahan
                I think the name is misleading. It is not "Small Force Theory" but, more accurately, "Combined Arms Theory."
                A small, well balanced army (infantry, cavalry, skirmishers, etc.) would definitely have the advantage over a larger army made up mostly of only one military arm (mostly infantry, mostly cavalry, etc).
                I really didn't like that article. When I saw the title I thought it was really going to talk about "Theory" but just wound up talking about one battle, and very briefly I might add.
                It would have been nice to read an in-depth analysis of "Small Force Theory" and the reasons for its advantages.
                My $0.02
                ATMahan
                Good summary. I agree completely.
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