Caidin/Barbree's otherwise flawless book, "Bicycles in War" doesn't cover the Swiss bicycle regiments which would have been the most compelling case to end their book with. This video goes a long way towards showing how a modern Light Bicycle Infantry (LBI) could be. Then Major Stephen Tate's CGSC Master's Thesis goes into greater details as he explains their mobility options as either a 30 mile sprint in a couple hours or 100 miles in a day. Tate rightly called for U.S. Army Light infantry to be fully ATB-mobile to have organic mobility and not just be foot sloggers without adding to strategic USAF airlift sorties.
Report Date : 02 JUN 1989 Pagination or Media Count : 188
Abstract : This study examines the suitability of using bicycles to enhance the mobility of U.S. light infantry units. Initially the study defines mobility problems encountered by U.S. light infantry units as a result of force design. The study presents historical examples of previous military cycling operations at the turn of the century, during both World Wars, and the Vietnam Conflict. The tactical use, mobility, speed, distance, and load carrying capacity of bicycle troops during each of these periods are discussed. The present use of three bicycle regiments in the Swiss Army is examined. The impact of recent technological improvements in the bicycle industry is examined for possible military application. Keywords: Bicycle; Light infantry; All-terrain bicycle, Mobility; Soldier's load; Vietnam, Swiss army; Strategy; Tactics; Derailleur; World War II; Logistics; Military operations.
Descriptors : *MOBILITY, *LOGISTICS, MILITARY OPERATIONS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, WARFARE, GLOBAL, INDUSTRIES, ARMY PERSONNEL, CAPACITY(QUANTITY), INFANTRY, TERRAIN, CYCLES, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, LIGHTING EQUIPMENT, ARMY, VIETNAM, SWITZERLAND.
Subject Categories : MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
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