The source was FMS B832 interview with Staudinger the ARKO I SS CorpsCarl Schwamberger wrote: ↑31 Oct 2021 19:21Hypothetically the 12th Pz Div artillery could have picked up survey & other at least initial occupation requirements from the already established artillery of the corps & divisions in place. The ability to do so would speak to the capabilities of the internal support of the artillery & how robust it may or may not have been at division, corps and army. The numerous description of the ARKOS strongly suggest it was anemic.Sheldrake wrote: ↑29 Oct 2021 23:02...
c. The German success in tactical manoeuvre and the contact battle led them to favour decentralisation. Hence e.g. 240 STuG parceled out to the infantry in penny packets rather than large numbers of field artillery tubes that could be massed as 240 gun batteries against any point on the Army front. One often overlooked aspect is that the debate about German reserves prior to D Day almost totally ignored artillery. Because there was no agreement on how the panzer divisions were to be used, few if any provision has been made for artillery contingencies. So when 1st SS Panzer Corps deployed to Normandy after D Day there had been no prior survey of gun positions or even 1:25,000 maps, even though Normandy was always one of the possible battlefields.
"unfortunately nothing had been done, all through the years of German occupation ,to survey and stake out artillery positions. Apparently this had been neglected as a consequence of the tactical theory, allegedly by Rommel himself, that the guns should be stationed immediately at the waters edge in the hopes that by doing so enemy troops could be prevented from gaining a footing." FMS 832 P13-14
Yup the artillery dispositions seem to have been neglected as a consequence of the Rommel's Longest day theory.
Staudinger went on to mention that artillery reserves for Seventh army had been stored in uncamouflaged dumps in the Caen area partially guarded by civilians. I SS Corps was ordered to move the dumps but lacked the men or transport to do so. This took place just before the invasion and the dumps were destroyed by allied air attacks.