July 10, 2015

Cooperation of German Infantry and Tanks

Tanks and mechanized infantry

On U.S. Army's “Tactical and Technical Trends No. 31” we read about a German method of tank-infantry cooperation

A tank exercise observed in Germany late in 1942 indicated that the Germans were developing a new type of combined tank and infantry tactics. These tactics have now been reported as standard German tactics on the Eastern front. A description of these tactics reported through a British source follows:

(1) Five medium tanks are drawn up in line and immediately behind them two armored troop-carrying vehicles carrying nine men each, armed with automatic weapons. The center tank leads off, followed by the remaining four tanks moving in pairs; bringing up the rear are the two armored troop-carrying vehicles.

(2) The moment the leading tanks open fire the men in the troop-carriers dismount and advance at the double in extended order.

(3) Then four very large trucks come up, each carrying about 25 riflemen who dismount and advance in three "waves" behind the tanks.

Tanks and infantry on the attack

Tanks and infantry on the attack

Tanks and infantry on the attack

Military Intelligence Division, War Department. Tactical and Technical Trends No. 31. Washington, D.C.: August 12, 1943.

Photos attribution
1. Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-218-0504-36/Dieck/CC BY-SA 3.0 de, via Wikimedia Commons
2., 3., 4. panzeroperations.com

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