1. The British rarely had the opportunity to occupy reverse slope positions in 1940. Flanders is pretty flat. The defence against German armour was based on river lines and other water obstacles - which usually means that the defender needs to be on a forward slope in order to cover them with fire. One of the biggest battles was for the hilltop town of Cassel.Pips wrote: ↑13 Dec 2020 09:59Very informative comments. Did the British make use of reverse slope defensive positions during the campaign in France in 1940? (1)
If so was the Germans tactic of attack similar to that used by the British in '44? As in did the Germans already have such tactics in there bag of tricks in 1940? Or did they perhaps develop them in Russia? (2)
Regarding Combined Arms, did the Germans already have such tactics practised and in use at the start of WWII? If so was their allocation of tank/infantry units a mishmach like that of the British. Or more a dedicated tank unit allocated to a division on a permanent basis? (3)
2. The Germans lacked the artillery ammunition and did not practice the creeping barrage - very much a British tactic. The trick that the British learned was that in order to be effective the infantry had to be close enough to their own barrage to lose about 3% to their own fire. That was never in the tactics manuals, but a nasty moral dilemma infantry commanders discovered and referred to by euphemisms such as "leaning into the barrage".
3. This is a big topic. The Germans had a consistent doctrine across all arms. They also trained their officers and NCOs to develop solutions quickly and consistently. British observers rather sneered at the German officers in wargames and on manouvres coming up with the same solutions. The British thought it showed a teutonic lack of imagination. What it meant in practice was that German lower level commanders had a good idea what their neighbours would be doing and what their boss wanted to happen. This was a huge help when regrouping. By contrast the British more imaginative solutions had the capacity to surprise friends as well as the enemy.