By Charles R. Shrader
Utilizing lately published French respectable records and quite a few different assets, this research explains how the French military, so lately defeated by means of the Viet Minh insurgents in Indochina, was once capable of effectively defeat the Algerian nationalist rebels at the battlefield, whereas however wasting the battle on the convention desk. This French good fortune, among 1954 and 1962, was once due largely to the very best logistical process of the French military and using the helicopter to reinforce French operational mobility. French counter-mobility measures, really the development of seriously defended interdiction zones at the jap and western borders of Algeria, proved powerful opposed to the rebels. Such tools basically bring to a halt the insurgent forces from their bases and from resources of offer positioned open air Algeria, and accordingly strangled and destroyed the insurgent forces inside Algeria.No different paintings at the Algerian warfare focuses upon the position of logistics within the consequence of the clash. The precise statistical information and accomplished description and research of the logistical businesses and strategies of either the French and the nationalist rebels are supplemented through very good maps. This research additionally offers beneficial insights into the character of the wars of nationwide liberation and counter-insurgency doctrines that ruled army affairs within the mid-20th century.
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Extra resources for The First Helicopter War: Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962
23. S. Army Area Handbook for Algeria, 408. 24. Concepts Division, Aerospace Studies Institute, Air University, Guerrilla Warfare and Air power in Algeria, 1954-1960, Project No. AU-411-62-ASI (Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Concepts Division, Aerospace Studies Institute, Air University, March 1965), 111-112. 2 The French Armed Forces in Algeria Perhaps the most obvious advantage possessed by the French forces in Algeria at the start of the war in November 1954 was that there were already in place in Algeria an established political and military administration as well as modern combat forces with a full range of supporting weaponry, including air and naval power, and fully functioning command and control and logistical support systems.
Private companies owned another thousand special cars, mostly petroleum tankers and ore cars. 19 The highway network in northern Algeria consisted of three main east-west routes (rocades): the Coastal (from Oran to Taborka), the Northern (from Oujda to Ghardimaou), and the Southern (from Berguen to Tebessa). The rocades were complemented by three main north-south routes (penetrants): from Oran/Mostaganem via Mascara, Mecheria, and Ain Sefra to Ben Ounit; from Algiers via Blida and Medea to Djelfa; and from Philippeville/Bone via Constantine, Batna, and Biskra to Touggourt.
Army Area Handbook for Algeria, DA Pamphlet No. 55044 (Washington, DC: Headquarters, Department of the Army, January 1965). The same works also provide details regarding the human resources of Algeria, as do: Commandement en Chef des Forces en Algerie, Etat-Major Interarmees, 3e Bureau, Antenna de Documentation Geographique, Note sur la population Algerienne d'apres Vestimation du ler Janvier 1960, No. 26/EMI/3/Doc. Geo. (Alger, 2 fevrier 1961), Tableaux I and II, in folder w,10e Region Militaire, Etat-Major Interarmees, 3e Bureau—Documentation sur 1'Algerie, 1954-62," Dossier 1H2100 d.
The First Helicopter War: Logistics and Mobility in Algeria, 1954-1962 by Charles R. Shrader