Archive for October, 2010

October’s Engineer Moment in History

Surrender of General CornwallisOctober 19 marks the 229th anniversary of the surrender of General Cornwallis and his British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781. This three week siege by a joint American and French force meant victory in the War for Independence.  American Sappers and Miners contributed to success by capturing the British Redoubt Ten a few days before the surrender.  Their courageous efforts allowed the Franco-American force to dig a second parallel near the British earthen fortifications and place their siege artillery at point-blank range.   This sealed the British fate because their continued resistance was impossible.  As Chief Engineer in George Washington’s Army, Brigadier General Louis Duportail planned the siege operations and directed the construction of the siege works.   Duportail demonstrated his genius as an engineer and firmly established himself at the rightful father of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer.

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Army Engineer Magazine

Engineer MagazineThe September – October 2010 issue of Army Engineer Magazine is available.

“This issue’s cover feature is a uniquely well written and comprehensive summary of efforts associated with the ongoing drawdown of forces in Iraq. Written by an Air Force colonel at the center of the operation, it will serve as an important after-action review for others to benefit from later on.

Other articles include an interesting review of how the Army provided replacements during the war in Vietnam, as seen by an engineer battalion commander at the time; the story of how an Army engineer senior civilian helped develop the iconic Cold War fallout shelter sign; case studies in geophysical engineering; and several first-hand articles about route clearance in Afghanistan written by soldiers so engaged.

As always, there is much more to read about activities within the Engineer Regiment today, many written by those on the front lines. If you are not already a subscriber, click here to learn how you can be.”

Select articles are made available for public download here. No other electronic reproductions of magazine articles are available.

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