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Attrition: Forecasting Battle Casualties and Equipment Losses in Modern War [Paperback]

Trevor N. Dupuy
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hero Books (28 Feb 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915979268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915979264
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,763,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enlightening 14 Jan 2014
Dupuy's work is disliked by many statisticians because it uses 'quantified guesswork' and makes no apologies for including 'fudge factors' when needed. But the main reason it is so unpopular is it is far more successful at describing history's wars than more mathematically 'pure' attempts to model conflicts.

His work also has the advantage of taking a 'the numbers say what the numbers say' approach that strips out the historical prejudices found in so many works. Dupuy looked at what happened then derived his conclusions, changing the methodology to fit reality. It makes the book pleasingly 'agenda free'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Body Counting 1 Sep 2000
By Jean-Louis BEAUFILS - Published on Amazon.com
This is basically a Numbers, Predictions and War spinoff, an attempt to model battle casualties distribution essentially based on QJMA, Dupuy's system for modeling battles in general.
If you are allergic to statistics, steer away.
If you're not, this is the only book I know of that presents a detailed analysis of how many and what type of casualties occur in battle depending on troop quality, technology, posture, environment, etc...
Not exactly entertaining but certainly enlightening
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