Accession Number:

ADA190840

Title:

Light and Heavy Forces in a Desert Environment: Considerations for Employment in Defensive Operations

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

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

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-01-12

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

Employment of light and heavy forces in a desert defense hinges on basic tactical fundamentals but must consider the unique nature of the environment. The capabilities of each force must be maximized to fight and win. This report first examines the nature of the desert and its impact on military operations. Historical examples from World War II and the 1967 and 1973 Arab- Israeli Wars are discussed to determine how infantry forces were employed with heavy forces in desert defenses. The battles of Tobruk, El Alamein and Sidi Bou Zid during World War II and initial battles of the Arab-Israeli wars provide the historical setting. Lessons learned from recent exercises are discussed to focus on the employment of todays light forces with heavy forces. A discussion of current light infantry defensive tactical doctrine sets the stage for an analysis of the major considerations for the employment of light forces with heavy forces in the desert. The issues of defensive missions, task organization and augmentation are addressed. This discussion highlights the role of light forces in the desert.

Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE