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German Methods of Warfare in the Libyan Desert

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German Methods of Warfare in the Libyan Desert
U.S. Marine Corps FMFRP 12-100
This facsimile reprint was originally published 18 December 1990 by the Dept. of the Navy, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
  • Merriam Press Military Archives Series
    • 56 pages
    • 7 drawings
    • 3 plans
  • Free PDF download
This is a facsimile reprint of U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service Information Bulletin No. 20, originally issued in July 1942. It explains German survival and adaptation to the desert.


Fleet Marine Force Reference Publication (FMFRP) 12-100 was published to ensure the retention and dissemination of useful information which was not intended to become doctrine or to be published in Fleet Marine Force manuals. FMFRP 12-100 provided desert warfare information based on German and British reports.


This booklet was issued to provide Marines participating in Desert Shield/Desert Storm with information on desert warfare.


  • Foreword (to reprint)

    • Purpose

    • Background

    • Recommendations

    • Certification

  • German Methods

  • German Tank Tactics

    • Report by a British Officer

    • Comments of the U.S. Observer

    • Report by an Escaped British Officer

  • Organization of a German Defensive Position

    • Basic Considerations

    • Course of the Fighting

    • General

    • Comment

  • Lessons From Libya

    • Arms and Ammunition

    • Special Features of British Tactics

    • Tactical Notes

  • Lessons From the Defensive Action Fought Between 15th and 17th June 1941 (Salum)

  • German Desert Ground Defenses

  • Organization of Defense

  • German Mines

    • Teller Mines

  • Mine Defenses at Agedabia

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