Employment of the armored division.

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Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 07 Mar 2011 17:35

Hello to all :D; a little article for those interested................

The German Armored Divisions.

The employment of the armored division, in cooperation with other arms, in an action which contemplates a breakthrough of the hostile defensive position organized on more or less irregular terrain, may be illustrated by briefly outlining the successive phases of the attack. A preliminary phase should first include a thorough reconnaissance by units of the engineer battalion in order to remove road blocks, obstacles and traps.

1. Initiating the attack; the attack is now launched by the leading wave of the first echelon of tanks against the outpost line of resistance and across the mined area in front of the main line of resistance. This phase includes a coordinated attack from the air, in which assault planes attack the main line of resistance with machine guns and bombs while the bombers attack the reserves.

Sources: The German Armored Divisions. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XX. Nº 78. Sept 1940.
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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 10 Mar 2011 22:12

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The German Armored Divisions.

2. The tanks of the first echelon attack the antitank units: The infantry advances under cover of the third echelon, whose mission is to destroy machine-gun nests. The artillery opens fire on the hostile observation posts and impedes the bringing up of the enemy’s reserves by firing on the rear areas.

3. Continuing the attack: The tanks continue to move forward, the first echelon fanning out when it begins to reach the high ground on which the hostile main line of resistance is located.

4. Crossing the main line of resistance: The first echelon now crosses the hostile main line of resistance and enters the hostile artillery position. It destroys command posts and makes every effort to prevent the defence from becoming organized. The second echelon attacks the hostile batteries which have become disorganized in rear of the hostile main line of resistance, while the third echelon and the infantry cross the main line of resistance.

Sources: The German Armored Divisions. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XX. Nº 78. Sept 1940.
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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 16 Mar 2011 22:18

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The German Armored Divisions.

5. Combat between tanks: By this time the defence will have made some effort to reorganize his forward position in an attempt to block the advance of the first echelon
and to employ his artillery against the forward movement of the various echelons. The infantry, following the attacking tanks, now occupies the hostile main line of resistance.
Meanwhile, the motorized antitank guns have been closely following the first echelon, and it is now their mission to take up positions for supporting their own tanks when combat against the enemy’s armoured vehicles is initiated. During the combat between tanks our own artillery is displaced forward.

The combat between tanks is a decisive phase which determines the ultimate success of the battle. The force of the impact delivered by an armored unit is essentially a function which varies with the degree of resistance which the armored vehicle can offer to the projectiles of the opposing antitank guns. The Germans, in order to attain speed as well as a great radius of action, have necessarily been obliged to sacrifice a certain amount of
protection. In their particular case, therefore, the success of an attack by armored units against positions organized for defense must be based mainly on the element of surprise, strategic as well as tactical.

Sources: The German Armored Divisions. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XX. Nº 78. Sept 1940.
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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 24 Mar 2011 13:16

Hello to all :D; here goes a little scheme of the first four phases................

Source: Hechos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. tomo 1. Editorial Cardon. Buenos Aires.

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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 07 Apr 2011 23:13

Hello to all :D; something more about it.......................

Streamlining the Offensive.

Source: Streamlining the Offeneive. The Evolution of the Panzer Division and its Place in Blitzkrieg. By COLONEL FREDERICK M. BARROWS F ield Artillery. G. & G,S.S. Military Review.

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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 16 Apr 2011 14:38

Hello to all :D; something more about it.......................

Streamlining the Offensive.

Source: Streamlining the Offeneive. The Evolution of the Panzer Division and its Place in Blitzkrieg. By COLONEL FREDERICK M. BARROWS F ield Artillery. G. & G,S.S. Military Review.

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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 21 Apr 2011 13:07

Hello to all :D; something more about it.......................

Streamlining the Offensive.

Source: Streamlining the Offensive. The Evolution of the Panzer Division and its Place in Blitzkrieg. By COLONEL FREDERICK M. BARROWS F ield Artillery. G. & G,S.S. Military Review.

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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 30 Apr 2011 00:06

Hello to all :D; the end of it.......................

Streamlining the Offensive.

Source: Streamlining the Offensive. The Evolution of the Panzer Division and its Place in Blitzkrieg. By COLONEL FREDERICK M. BARROWS F ield Artillery. G. & G,S.S. Military Review.

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Re: Employment of the armored division.

Post by tigre » 10 Aug 2020 22:07

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The armored attack is underway.

Source: ILLUSTRIERTER BEOBACHTER 1940 Folge 20 Führerhauptquartier.

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