"Frank Durkee, I’ll try and answer your question about what logistics and withdrawal means in an effort to save the Col’s blood pressure. You said: "Perhaps the simplest close in analogy for we non-military types is emptying a house when moving so that you can have sleep and breakfast on the day of the move and haves upper and sleep when you get to the new abode." You are right, leaving Iraq is several orders of magnitude more complicated. For a start, your new house is several countries away, and there is no friendly shipper to make the arrangements, in fact there is no friendly anyone. You make all the arrangements yourself, including detailing the routes and instructing your hired truck drivers what roads to use, where to fill up, maybe even providing fuel yourself. Every time you try and load a truck somebody tries to steal your goods. Meanwhile, somebody is trying to set fire to your house and kill you as well. You get no sleep or supper as you try and keep your goods away from thieves, stop others from burning down your house, and keep from getting killed by yet more bad guys. Do you get the picture? To put it another way, imagine you have agreed to organise a reunion in some park for a hundred of your closest friends and relatives. All have different dietary needs. They will be coming from all over the country, some by road, by air and by rail and at differing times. You must organise transport for all of them. Some of them have medical conditions, others have disabilities. The park where you are meeting is frequented by bears… you get the drift? Have you ever had to organise and move a football team? It is a highly complex difficult and time consuming operation even if there is no enemy action to complicate matters. As I said before, think of the relatively straightforward task of providing fuel to the vehicles. Then think of the logistics of moving the sick and wounded." Walrus
Excellent. Supply, transport, maintenance, medical, rations, what else? Nothing works at all unless thse factors are "gotten right." Even a guerilla commander has to think about where he will find these things to keep his forces in being and operating.
While this difficult and complex process is considered one must remember as Walrus says that the parks are full of bears and someone is trying to rob the house that you are leaving. pl