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The German Armored Division

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The German Armored Division

  • Military Intelligence Service
    • War Department, Washington, D.C., June 15, 1942
      • Merriam Press World War 2 History Series
        • First Edition 2015
        • 58 6x9-inch pages
        • 2 photos
        • 18 illustrations
        • 4 charts

This bulletin is a translation of a captured German training manual on the German armored division, which was published in December 1940. At that time the number of German armored divisions was being increased and their organization changed. Comments by German commanders in Libya as late as October 1941 indicate, however, that the principles expressed in this manual have proved satisfactory with little or no modification. The charts included in this edition were added to the original German manuscript and were compiled from G-2 sources.

Contents

  • Chapter 1. Characteristics and organization
  • Chapter 2. Role of the armored division
  • Chapter 3. Employment of the armored division
  • Chapter 4. Components of the armored division
    • I. Tank brigade
    • II. Motorized infantry brigade
    • III. Artillery regiment
    • IV. Antitank battalion
    • V. Armored engineer battalion
    • VI. Armored signal battalion
    • VII. Light antiaircraft battalion
  • Chapter 5. Reconnaissance
    • I. General
    • II. Air reconnaissance
    • III. Motorized reconnaissance battalion
    • IV. Unit combat reconnaissance
    • V. Cooperation between air and ground reconnaissance
  • Chapter 6. Movement
    • I. General
    • II. March organization
    • IlI. Security on the move
  • Chapter 7. Deployment
  • Chapter 8. Attack
    • I. General
    • II. Conduct of the attack
    • III. Attack from an assembly position
  • Chapter 9. Pursuit
  • Chapter 10. Defense
  • Chapter 11. Withdrawal from action
  • Chapter 12. Special conditions
    • I. Attack against a permanently fortified position
    • II. Attack across a river
    • III. F ighting in built-up areas
    • IV. Fighting in woods and mountains
    • V. Fighting in smoke and fog
  • Chapter 13. Rest
  • Chapter 14. Services

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