Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

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Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 09 Oct 2020 20:29

The following reports describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944. The reports include descriptions of the pillboxes and tactics the German units used to resist the advance.

The majority of the reports were printed in the October 5, 1944 issue of the US Army publication ‘Battle Experiences’ and formed one large report dedicated to this subject.

I’m posting these reports in order of their publication date in order to show the tactic development process. Therefore some of the methods listed in the first reports will be refined or superseded by other methods listed in the later ones.

I have posted some of these reports in other topics on this site and have posted them again in this topic in order to group all of the information about this facet of the campaign in one location.

The publication date of each report is listed in the attachment title.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine2A.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine2B.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine3.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 10 Oct 2020 20:29

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine4A.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine4B.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine5.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine6.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 11 Oct 2020 23:33

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine7A.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine7B.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine8.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine9.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine10.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 15 Oct 2020 05:09

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine11.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine12.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine13A.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine13B.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 15 Oct 2020 05:23

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine15.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 5 1944 - SiegfriedLine14.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 8 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 8 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 8 1944 - SiegfriedLine3.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 17 Oct 2020 01:07

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 9 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 9 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 9 1944 - SiegfriedLine3.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 11 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 11 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 19 Oct 2020 02:22

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 14 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 14 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 13 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 13 1944 - SiegfriedLine3.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 13 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by OldBill » 19 Oct 2020 23:24

Good stuff!

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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 20 Oct 2020 23:33

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 17 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 17 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 18 1944 - SiegfriedLine1A.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 18 1944 - SiegfriedLine1B.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 19 1944 - SiegfriedLine1C.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 06 Nov 2020 00:13

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944. Two of these reports discuss a new type of German anti-tank tactic.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 19 1944 - SiegfriedLine2C1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 19 1944 - SiegfriedLine2C2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 20 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 20 1944 - SiegfriedLines2.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 07 Nov 2020 04:45

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 24 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 24 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 24 1944 - SiegfriedLine3.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 24 1944 - SiegfriedLine4.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 24 1944 - SiegfriedLine5.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by OldBill » 09 Nov 2020 04:18

Thanks for keeping this up! It's a pleasure to read.

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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 09 Nov 2020 23:02

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 25 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 27 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 31 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 31 1944 - SiegfriedLine2.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 11 Nov 2020 21:24

I’ve attached several more reports that describe the evolution and variety of tactics used by the US Army infantry, artillery and armored units to overcome the German Army defenses, especially the pillboxes, located in the Siegfried Line starting in September 1944.

The text obscured by the ‘Declassified’ stamp can be read by enlarging the attachment.
BattExp- Siegfried -October 17 1944 - SiegfriedLine3.png
BattExp- Siegfried -October 19 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -December 7 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
BattExp- Siegfried -December 11 1944 - SiegfriedLine1.png
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Re: Development Of Siegfried Line Tactics: September 1944 To 1945

Post by Duncan_M » 12 Nov 2020 00:03

FYI, I love what you're doing. I'd ask that you transcribe all of these into chapters and put them into a book, just to ensure they're fully preserved in history.

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