Just what I need - another book to read! And a water book, no less! But the title is intriguing: Military Aspects of Hydrogeology, edited by E.P.F. Rose and J.D. Mather and published by The Geological Society of London (aka 'The Geological Society').
You can look inside the book here. There are case histories from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Kosovo, Israel, the West Bank, and Europe, some dating back hundreds of years (1513?).
It is not inexpensive - $209 at Amazon.com.
This book, generated under the auspices of the Geological Society of London's History of Geology and Hydrogeological Groups, contains 20 papers from authors in the UK, USA, Germany and Austria. Historically, it gives examples of the influence of groundwater on battlefield tactics and fortress construction; describes how groundwater was developed for water supply and overcome as an obstacle to military engineering and cross-country vehicular movement by both sides in World Wars I and II; and culminates with examples of the application of hydrogeology to site boreholes in recent conflicts, notably in Afghanistan. Examples of current research described include hydrological model development; the impact of variations in soil moisture on explosive threat detection and cross-country vehicle mobility; contamination arising from defence sites and its remediation; privatization of water supplies; and the equitable allocation of resources derived from an international transboundary aquifer.
I recall about thirteen years ago when we invaded Afghanistan. The Defense Department was calling up water professionals and societies asking them about the groundwater resources of the country, sustainability, yields, etc. Yes, it was good to support the good fight, or whatever we called it back then.
Can't wait until we invade Honduras. Man, I'm all in!
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the hydrogeologist." - apologies to Samuel Johnson