Desert warfare requires that water be used on a scale to meet the needs of the fighting
forces, but within the allowable limits imposed by the scarcity supplies.
One captured document shows the issue of water to the 11th Battalion, German Fifth Tank
Regiment in Libya, as follows:
||Gals. (British) approx.
|| 4 1/2
|Trucks and Mark I & II Tanks||
|Mark III & IV Tanks||
As carried in the water supply columns these quantities are doubled per vehicle.
Approximately 2 gallons per man for 3 days.
Cooking and Drinking Water
The total for the Battalion is about 2,800 gallons, carried in 520 containers.
Approximately 4,212 gallons. (The total of 14,100 gallons is so high that it
is unlikely to be continued for long.)