By Department of the Army, A. Kendall Hall

This pamphlet used to be ready for the old department, ecu Command, through a gaggle of former German generals and common employees officials. The names of the members are usually not introduced at the present. The primary writer, who through the top of the battle had attained the rank of complete normal (Generaloberst), served at the japanese entrance during the Russian crusade and the following retreat into the northern plains of Germany. He was once successively commander of an infantry brigade, of a panzer department from November 1941 to February 1943, and of 2 diverse corps within the battles for Kharkov and Belgorod in the course of 1943. Appointed commander of a panzer military on 1 December 1943, he participated within the withdrawal within the south till the Germans reached the Carpathians. In August 1944 he was once transferred to military staff heart, and his final project was once with military team Weichsel. in this ultimate part of his army profession he performed a major half within the retreat from Lithuania, East Prussia, and Pomerania. The reader is reminded that each one courses within the GERMAN record sequence have been written by means of Germans from the German perspective and that the approaches of the German military differed significantly from these of the USA military. licensed German tables of association and kit, legit German wrestle doctrine, or regular German employees equipment shape the foundation for improvisations all through this pamphlet. As ready by way of the authors, this learn consisted of a suite of 157 examples of improvisations which have been screened through the editors for pertinence, readability, and curiosity to the yankee reader. furthermore, an try used to be made to set up universal denominators for the good number of examples. even if the manuscript used to be thoroughly reorganized in this editorial strategy, each attempt was once made to hold the viewpoint, the expressions, or even the prejudices of the authors.

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History repeated itself. Once again the Russians had numerical superiority and once again the battle ended in a draw. In 1914 the defender achieved this result by the use of new machine gun and artillery tactics whereas in 1944 he introduced zone defense tactics to overcome his inferiority. On the very first day of the armored attack, the enemy lost eighty-five tanks in the mine fields. The number of tanks lost increased rapidly when the armored thrust came within reach of the antitank guns and was brought to a halt.

Improvisations in the Construction of Bridges In European Russia temporary bridges were built almost exclusively of wood because iron and steel were scarce. In general, the first construction was a wooden emergency bridge which was not secure against the danger of floods.

The two divisions assigned to the center of gravity were expected to be able to lend them assistance in due course. htm (9 of 15)25-12-2004 15:06:32 Chapter Two: The Defensive 32 order to enable them to give immediate support to front-line sectors threatened by sudden disintegration. In most cases these battle groups consisted of reconnaissance or motorcycle battalions reinforced by antitank and assault gun battalions which were held in instant readiness and formed advance detachments of their respective divisions.

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