Now that we have defined battle analysis, you may feel somewhat confused about how or where to begin.
Before you can begin to analyze a particular battle, or war, you must define your own area of interest. What aspect do
you want to focus your energy on:
Once you have decided on your area of interest, you will follow the Battle Analysis Methodology Format.
Battle Analysis Methodology Format (Simplified Format)
1. DEFINE THE SUBJECT
a. Determine the date, location, and principal antagonists.
b. Determine the research sources.
c. Evaluate the research sources.
2. REVIEW THE STRATEGIC SETTING
a. Determine the causes of the conflict.
b. Compare the principal antagonists.
(2) National (strategic) objectives.
(3) Military systems.
(4) Previous performance.
3. REVIEW THE TACTICAL SITUATION
a. Study the area of operations.
(1) Climate and weather.
(2) Terrain (OCOKA).
b. Compare the opposing forces.
(1) Size and composition.
(3) Logistical and administrative systems.
(4) Command, control, and communications systems.
(6) Doctrine and training.
(7) Condition and morale.
c. State the immediate military objectives of each antagonist.
d. Consider the feasible courses of action for each antagonist.