Accession Number : ADA293267

Title :   Operational Planning and Logistical Sustainment: The Acis Experience in Two North African Offensives.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Tillson, Patrick A.

PDF Url : ADA293267

Report Date : 13 FEB 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Though General Erwin Rommel won remarkable battles in North Africa, victory at the operational level eluded him except when his plans were logistically feasible. This paper compares and contrasts two of Rommel's offensives with specific attention given to how Axis logistics shortfalls, strengths, and improvements determined the ultimate outcome of these offensives. The evidence suggests that operational logistic weakness, which was discounted by Rommmel, led to his failure in the first offensive. Subsequent improvements in Axis logistics support allowed Rommel to succeed during his second offensive. The Operational Logistics lessons learned from Rommel's African Campaign are still pertinent given the trend toward coalition operations in underdeveloped areas. Poor transportation infrastructure, limited host nation support, and the need for secure strategic lift routes characterize these operations and are similar to the logistic challenges encountered by Rommel in North Africa. By including a logistics feasibility check as part of his operational planning the Operational Commander will improve his chances of keeping his plan in the realm of the possible. (AN)

Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT, *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, MILITARY HISTORY, MILITARY SUPPLIES, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, LESSONS LEARNED, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY PLANNING, BATTLES, MILITARY TACTICS, TACTICAL WARFARE, SHORTAGES, NORTH AFRICA, UNDERDEVELOPED AREAS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE