The Desert Training Center/ California-Arizona Maneuver Area, 1942-1944
Historical and Archaeological Contexts
Countless reminders of the massive facility exist throughout the California desert today. Maneuver areas, where entire divisions practiced attacking and defending huge land areas, can be seen. Tank tracks can be detected in a variety of locations. Divisional camps, measuring three miles long by one mile wide and housing over 15,000 men at one time, are marked with rock-lined walkways, and unit symbols are spelled out in white quartz. The facility also contained airfields, supply depots, railroad sidings, hospitals, and weapon ranges.
Bischoff blends the history and archaeology of this complex facility into a fascinating study that will serve as a model for research of these resources.