Tag Archive | operations

You might be Millner

If words like “Army”, “Camp”, “march”, “Day”, “pitch”, and “Leagues” outnumber many common stopwords…

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You might be a campaign journal.

And if the fifth-most common word token is “d”, and if “Duke” and “Prince” are close behind, and if you capitalize your common nouns, you are pretty well assur’d that you are, in fact, an 18th century Campaign Journal.

Millner’s Compendious Journal (1733), to be precise.

For those moderns sticklers for method, lowercasing the text doesn’t invalidate the point:

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Now, cleaning the dirty OCRed text? That’s another matter…

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Military Strategy For Dummies

Here is a simple operational-level map I created for my European Warfare class to try to reinforce the ideas of:

  1. What the operational level entails, and looks like on a map, particularly in contrast with a tactical-level map.
  2. How an army has multiple strategies available to it in order to achieve its strategic objectives. There are others I could have included if I’d had time (esp. amphibious).
Feel free to use, with proper attribution of course

Will the reds and blues ever just learn to get along?

Of course as we get further into the 18C and start talking about Napoleon et al, we’ll complicate it with the “operational art”: multiple armies, marching by different routes, etc.

And let’s not forget that whole DIMEFIL thing, courtesy of the DoD.

Feel free to use (because you know you want to), with proper attribution, of course.

Operationalizing military operations (cross-post)

Go on over to SMHBLOG for my latest post, where I discuss how one might measure the relative complexity of different wars. I’ll eventually have a follow-up looking at the War of the Spanish Succession. (Shocking, I know.)