Accession Number : ADA428903


Title :   The Fall of Fort Eben Emael: The Effects of Emerging Technologies on the Successful Completion of Military Objectives


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Gukeisen, Thomas B


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a428903.pdf


Report Date : 18 Jun 2004


Pagination or Media Count : 81


Abstract : This study details the events of 10 May 1940 at Fort Eben Emael, Belgium, and the elements that led to the successful seizure of the fort by the German military. The central focus of the thesis is the following question: Was the use of emerging technologies the key to the German victory at Fort Eben Emael? First, the author examines the technologies themselves. Second, he examines the leadership and training of the German unit that was assigned to seize Fort Eben Emael. Third, he reviews administrative and personnel issues that existed for the Belgians stationed at Fort Eben Emael. The author's investigation revealed that use of a glider did afford German troops the advantage of surprise, however, the hollow charge failed to live up to its reputation as it was most effective when used in a way that was no different than a conventional charge. Further, the German unit's training and leadership was exemplary and contributed more to the mission's success than the technologies the unit employed. Additionally, Fort Eben Emael was faced with serious internal issues that prevented a successful defense of the Fort. The author concludes that emerging technologies were not the most crucial component contributing to the German's mission success. (1 table, 9 figures, 38 refs.)


Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY , *MILITARY STRATEGY , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS , *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , *BELGIUM , *SECOND WORLD WAR , LEADERSHIP , POLITICAL ALLIANCES , THESES , FRANCE , MILITARY MODERNIZATION , TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT , GLIDERS , GERMANY(EAST AND WEST)


Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes
      Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE