Accession Number : ADA624067


Title :   Evolution of United States Military Landmine Doctrine and Employment


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


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


Personal Author(s) : Nethery, Nicholas R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a624067.pdf


Report Date : 12 Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 89


Abstract : This study examines the development of the U.S. military's approach to landmine warfare, from its earliest beginnings in the first half of the 1800s to the modern era. It addresses both technological innovation, in response to new enemy tactics, as well as shifts in doctrine. Examining different eras, it explores the way soldiers improvised employment methods and leaders shifted doctrinal guidance. The study concludes that American landmine warfare grew in a haphazard manner, characterized by many discrete fits and starts, influenced directly by newly-encountered enemy tactics and styles of warfare. Technical development grew as soldiers adapted in the field; doctrine adapted as leaders attempted to incorporate their soldiers' innovations into written guidance, or to counter particularly troublesome enemy tactics. Further, landmines can be a great equalizer, allowing an outmatched belligerent to even the playing field against a larger or better-equipped one. Landmines will not cease to be a factor in planning or execution of operations simply because they have fallen out of favor, or because a treaty has been signed banning their use. Many opponents, and several allies, will continue to employ them. Millions of them remain, armed and waiting, on battlefields all over the planet. The study of landmine warfare therefore remains relevant.


Descriptors :   *HISTORY , *LAND MINES , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *WARFARE , ARMY PERSONNEL , BATTLEFIELDS , ENEMY , FIRST WORLD WAR , KOREAN WAR , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY PLANNING , MILITARY TACTICS , PLANETS , PLANNING , RESPONSE , SECOND WORLD WAR , THESES , TREATIES , VIETNAM WAR , WEAPONS


Subject Categories : Land Mine Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE