The Alamo Battle Analysis

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The Battle of the Alamo was a significant turning point in the war for Texas Independence. This battlefield analysis will briefly explore the reasons behind why the battle took place, the strategic significance of the Alamo, who the participants were on both sides, what actions took place, and the failures that occurred both strategic and tactically. We will present an alternate outcome of this battle and explore what may have happened if the Texan defenders would have won the battle. The failure of the Texans to defend the Alamo concentrated around their lack of accurate and timely intelligence collection, the non-reporting of actionable intelligence as it pertained to the enemy’s composition and courses of action, and failure of higher command to supply the outpost with proper logistic support.
According to Barker and Pohl (2016), the battle for the Alamo took place over 13 days from 23 February 1836 to 6 March 1836. It was one of first battles of the Texas War for Independence. The war transpired from October 1835 to April 1836. During the battle for the Alamo, a small group of Texas defenders led by Colonel James Bowie and Lieutenant Colonel William Travis fought a large contingent of the Mexican Army led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
Hickman (2015) states that in late autumn of 1835, a small group of Texas rebels surrounded the
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Additional men and necessary tools could have allowed for parts of the structure to be demolished and the stones and materials from the smashed walls used to strengthen weakening areas. This would have also compacted the size of the garrison and made it a much more defendable target with fewer men. Having such a small number of soldiers spread out over such a large area weakened the Alamo and allowed for its walls and interior to be breached much sooner than it could have been. A simple analysis of these weaknesses could have brought solutions to the

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