Waves Memorial day 1997 Sharon

  • Issue: April 1997
  • Designer: H. Kivkovich
  • Stamp size: 25.7 x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 297
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: Government Printers
  • Method of printing: Offset

The Logistics Corps

The role of the Logistics Corps is to provide logistic services for all levels of the fighting echelons so that they can carry out their missions with a minimum of logistic mishaps or demands that might otherwise hinder their fulfilling their duty. The Logistics Corps supplies appropriate logistic services whenever and wherever needed to guarantee the success of the mission It was established in 1975 based on Supply Corps and quartermaster functions and tasks at all echelons of the Israel Defence Forces. Before 1975, there was no professional military framework for developing quartermastership theories or training officers to perform quartermaster tasks required throughout the IDF, from the infantry squadrons up to the commanding quartermaster officer. The establishment of the Logistics Corps in effect rounded out the Logistics and Technical Branch, which was instituted in 1966 as a result of the revolution led by the head of the logistics branch. One of the essential elements of this revolution was the separation of professional, technical, and theoretical issues from operational issues by setting up independent military logistic centers for supply and ordnance under the command of the General Staff and logistics branches.

The Logistics Corps is a focal unit in the IDF that fills numerous army requirements. The Corps is responsible for developing clothing, footwear, personal equipment, protective gear, food, fuel and oils for all types of transport and armoured vehicles, building materials, cooling systems, kitchens, fire extinguishing equipment, winter equipment, and others. The Logistics Corps is professionally, technically, and theoretically responsible for formulating operating principles for field maintenance both in times of peace and war. It is also responsible for formulating operating theories for airborne supply by instructing and training the units, commanders, and soldiers from the numerous maintenance branches. All the units in the Logistics Branch receive instruction and training at the Military Logistics Academy,. The Academy teaches and drills all subjects within its jurisdiction and conducts field exercises for the logistics units as well as professional military corps training at all levels. During the preparations and mass recruitment prior to establishing the IDF, it became clear that a logistics organization for managing and supervising quartermaster activities would be necessary to meet the needs of the forces. Thus, starting in October 1947, the various logistic services began to be established. The equipment service was set up first; subsequently, services for supply, transportation, storage, fuel and pack animals were established. After the War of Independence, organizational changes took place, including the unification of services and establishment of a Supply Corps. At a later stage, transport was separated from the logistic services, and a separate Transport Corps was set up which later merged again with the Supply Corps. The ultimate test for the Logistics Branch and the Logistics Services is the test of war, a test that demands a great deal of resourcefulness, ability to improvise, and concentration of logistics efforts on the fighting forces. In all the wars and IDE operations to date, the Logistics Branch has passed this test with flying colours.

Monument to the Fallen Soldiers of the Logistics Corps

The memorial site, located near the settlement of Hadir, is divided into three sections: an amphitheatre, a monument, and a structure, now under construction, to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Logistics Corps. The building is circular with a tall open central space flanked by three branches: a memorial room, a display room for exhibiting the heritage of the Logistic Corps, and an administrative area including offices and a conference and lecture hall.

The different elements at the site are united in the structure, linked both visually and architecturally to the monument.

The purpose of the site and the commemorative building is to serve as a center for visitors, students, soldiers, Logistic Corps veterans, bereaved families, and the younger generation being trained at the Military Logistics Academy.

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Memorial day 1997