You will submit a Battle Analysis on the assigned battle in a PowerPoint or as a word document
(your choice), addressing the topic areas outlined in the Battle Analysis format listed below.
Your Battle Analysis should be 15-20 PowerPoint slides (or 8 pages if writing), addressing the
following items. When providing sources for your facts and figures, you will be using a footnote
style in accordance with the current edition of the Turabian style guide.
1. DEFINE THE SUBJECT/EVALUATE THE SOURCES:
a. Define the battle to be analyzed (where, who, when). It is essential to your
subsequent analysis that you define your battle in terms of:
i. Space. For example, if you brief Trafalgar, then set a geographic limit
(say, the eastern Atlantic off the coast of Spain) so you are not distracted
in your subsequent analysis by operations in the Pacific.
ii. Time. Set a time limit. For example, traditionally, Trafalgar is defined by
21 October 1805. Do not get distracted by events in Italy in the spring of
b. What sources did you use? How reliable do you believe they were?
2. REVIEW THE SETTING (SET THE STAGE):
a. Strategic/Operational Overview. Start big and work your way to a smaller scale.
For example, if you brief D-Day, start with World War II, then the European
Theater, then France in 1944.
b. Study the area of operations.
c. Compare the principal antagonists (Operational/Tactical).
i. Size and composition.
iii. Doctrine and training.
iv. Logistical systems.
vi. Condition and morale.
vii. Command, control, and communications.
d. State the mission and describe the initial disposition of the opposing forces
3. DESCRIBE THE ACTION:
a. Describe the opening moves of the battle.
b. Detail the major phases/key events.
c. State the outcome.
4. ASSESS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ACTION:
a. Relate causes to effects. What went well and why? What went poorly and why?
b. Establish military “lessons learned.” You can use the Principles of War
(MOOSEMUSS), Battlefield Operating Systems: Maneuver, Fire Support, Air
Defense, Intelligence, Combat Service Support/Logistics, Mobility/Counter
Mobility/Survivability, and Command and Control (C2).
OVERVIEW. Leyte Gulf You will submit a Battle Analysis on the assigned battle i
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