(1) The requirement for speedy handling leads to signatures. For example, the
installation will practically always be near a good road. This is essential for the speed and
efficiency of motor transport facilities required for modern armies; moreover, cross-
country travel with heavy loads can cause significant delays.
(2) For the convenience of vehicles there will often be roads within the
installation leading to each of the dispersed stacks or bunkers. In many instances, a road
loop is formed so vehicles can enter the area in convoy. This is to avoid the congestion
and difficulty caused by some vehicle backing up for loading while others are entering the
facility (Figure 2-12).
Figure 2-12. Typical Supply Storage Facility Layout.
(3) Two basic requirements in the storage of materials are in conflict:
convenience of access and protection devices, such as revetments and dispersion,
hamper the handling of supplies. Such methods are used when the supplies are
(4) When a supply facility is located far enough away to be relatively safe from
the enemy, emphasis is placed on easy handling and efficient storing of material;
concentration, rather than dispersion, is the key note. Under these conditions, buildings
are grouped relatively close together and arranged as a unit.