Accession Number : AD1038874

Title :   Amphibian Engineers in the Southwest Pacific

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Bost,Joshua P

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Report Date : 08 Mar 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : Just prior to World War II, the US Army identified a critical capability gap in conducting amphibious operations. The Army needed the ability to move large forces ashore and sustain them once they arrived. Amphibious Engineer Brigades were created to fill the gap. These forces were designed to execute all facets of amphibious operations to include: transport to the shore, assault of the shore, establishment of the beachhead, road construction, port construction, fire support, and sustainment. These forces supported Joint Force commanders' use of the elements of operational art to extend reach and provide operational flexibility. As in 1941, today's Army has no ability to conduct amphibious operations. As a critical component of the Joint Force, the Army must regain the capability to conduct amphibious operations as the land-focused component most critical to forcible entry operations.

Descriptors :   second world war , amphibious operations , combat operations , army personnel , BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , military history , military forces(united states) , combat support , combat forces , military engineers , amphibious ships , maneuvers , short takeoff aircraft , watercraft , landing craft

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE