Missouri S&T GEO ENG 342 - Military Geologists and the German Afrika Korps 1940-43 (22 pages)

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Military Geologists and the German Afrika Korps 1940-43

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Military Geologists and the German Afrika Korps 1940 43 J David Rogers University of Missouri Rolla Outline German Military Geologist Organization German Military Engineers Afrika Korps Summary References German Military Engineer School The building was a German military engineers school in the late 30s Then the site of the Armistice signing in May 1945 Soviet General Marshall Zhukov also used it as his headquarters after World War II Military Engineer School German Afrika Korps Commanded by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Operated in Africa from 1941 1943 Operation Torch Nov 1942 opened up a second front on the Afrika Korps Germans surrounded at Tunis and Bizeret by land and sea begin surrendering in May 1943 FM Rommel was withdrawn to Greece in Mar 1943 to organize defenses there Northern Africa Geography North African Geography Terrain Feature Challenges On land or at sea the terrain challenged operations continuously First widespread use of half tracks Water Requirements One person requires 1 gal day of water in the desert Adapting to Environment Tents with flaps rolled up R R in Mediterranean Adapt and Overcome Germans used camels for logistics when possible Other Adaptions Dig man dig In the Trenches Casualties in the African Campaign for the Germans totaled 18 594 killed and 3 400 missing Blitzkreig Engineers German military engineers road builders and demolition squads created paths for the German Army to move quickly They blazed roads and paved highways to enable force mobility using their armor effectively in a series of flanking maneuvers Assessing Trafficability Tracked vehicles allowed far greater mobility through rough terrain and bomb damaged urban areas Other Transportation Difficulties The BMO at work Mud In the desert The 5 gallon Jerry Can was developed by the Germans for their Afrika Korps Finding Water German geologists interviewed natives to find water sources Mixing materials Rommel on inspection tour SUMMARY Germans recognized importance of



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