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Generations of warfare


There are four distinct fases in warfare. They are called generations, and every generation had unique strategies. These were largely based on the capabilties in the field of weaponry and communication. Every new generation came with better stronger weapons and ranges.

Top graph shows the lenght of the front, depth of the battlefield and casualties in exemplary wars for the 4 generations.

Bottom graph shows the theorical kill rate per hour of weapon systems. Am exponential increase of this rate is visible after the first world war accumulating in a theoretical killrate of billions per hour with nuclear devices.

4th gen. warfare focusses on applying force in a more effective manner. Attacking the least defended targets far behind enemy lines, either by advanced technology as cruise missiles or the cruder method of the suicide bomber.


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      First generation Second generation Third generation Fourth generation      
      The first generation is defined by a lack of overall strategy or tactics. Conflicts tended to be local and not of long duration. Simple strategies evolved with tactis based on frontlines. A good example of second generation warfare are the Napolian wars. Third generation warfare is also known as movement warfare. Tactics depended on moving behind enemy lines and trying to encircle the enemy. The major tank battles of the second world war are good examples of this type of warfare. Conflicts are increasingly fought deep inside enemy territories by non goverment groups. Their tactics are based on spreading terror among civilians.