Accession Number : ADA185079

Title :   Retrograde at the Operational Level of War,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Brant, Bruce A

PDF Url : ADA185079

Report Date : 15 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : The purpose of this monograph is to examine the doctrine of retrograde operations. Specifically, it answers the question: does current doctrine provide sufficient guidance for retrograde operations at the operational level of war? To answer the question the historical examples of the Germans' Ardennes-Alsace Offensive of 1944 and the Chinese Communist Offensive of 1950 are analyzed. A comparison is made between the major operational problems found in each example and the published doctrine of that era. The evolution of retrograde doctrine after each conflict is also examined to observe if any changes occurred that were influenced by the previous experience. Current doctrine is compared to past doctrine as well as the problems encountered in the two examples. A conclusion is then made as to the adequacy of established retrograde doctrine.

Descriptors :   *ARMY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY DOCTRINE, BATTLES, MILITARY EXERCISES, MILITARY STRATEGY, WAR GAMES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY TACTICS, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST), KOREA

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE