Accession Number : ADA258396


Title :   The Heavy Division Engineer Regiment - A Key to Tactical Freedom of Action


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Hildenbrand, Marc R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258396.pdf


Report Date : 20 Dec 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 70


Abstract : This study answers the following question related to the 'Engineer Restructure Initiative': Is the proposed division engineer (DIVENG) regiment capable of creating the conditions necessary to maintain the heavy division's tactical freedom of action on the AirLand battlefield? In answering the foregoing question, the monograph first examines applicable theory to establish the relationship between mobility, engineer support in offensive operations, and tactical freedom of action. Second, two historical examples--the 1944 American Normandy campaign and the 1944 German Ardennes counteroffensive--illustrate the role engineers play in maintaining tactical freedom of action. Next, the DIVENG regiment's organization, command and control, tactical doctrine, and equipment are analyzed. Finally, appropriate conclusions and recommendations are made. Overall, the monograph concludes that the DIVENG regiment helps maintain the heavy division's tactical freedom of action. From the study conducted, three major additional conclusions and recommendations emerge. First, the Army must develop an in-stride obstacle breaching capability. Second, the Army must modernize engineer equipment. Finally, the obsolescence of most engineer equipment highlights the need to harmonize all of the Battlefield Operating Systems' components. Until such harmonization occurs, the full potential of AirLand Battle doctrine will never be reached.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY , *AIR LAND BATTLES , *MILITARY ENGINEERING , MOBILITY , ORGANIZATIONS , MILITARY DOCTRINE , BATTLEFIELDS , THEORY , CASE STUDIES , ENGINEERS , ARMY , BATTLES , MILITARY TACTICS


Subject Categories : Civil Engineering
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE