1. ENGINEER RECONNAISSANCE
Engineer scout squads are sent out well in advance
of proposed Engineer activity, and are ordered to
report the following to their commander:
a. The disposition of hostile forces in relation to German forces.
b. Details of the location in which work is to be done, and
of difficulties which will confront the engineers.
c. The probable requirements as to men and materials.
d. Recommendations as to the most suitable methods of accomplishing the task.
e. The cover and concealment which will be available during the approach.
f. The probable length of time required for the task.
g. Recommendations as to the advisability of seeking the cooperation of other arms.
2. THE GERMAN SOLDIER WRITES HOME
The German High Command is disturbed by what
it calls "carelessness amounting to treason" in the
German soldier's letters to his family and friends in
the Reich. Security violations are only one aspect of
the problem, it seems. Equally dangerous, according
to the High Command, is the tendency to include in
letters to the Reich remarks which may weaken confidence
in the armed forces.
Criticism of superiors is placed high on the list of
forbidden subjects. German soldiers are reminded
that they may submit justified complaints through
channels. They are ordered not to insert grievances
about officers and noncoms into letters which, when
circulated at home, are bound to make civilians wonder
how an army that contains unfit and inferior leaders
can be expected to achieve final victory.
German soldiers have been informed that complaints
about food and general treatment are also taboo.
"What can a wife or a mother do when she receives
such letters?" the commanding general of a
German army asks. "Nothing! The only possible
result is to arouse grave misgivings. Sometimes she
may even try to send him food from her own rations. This
is of no appreciable value to the man, and merely
deprives his home of food which is sorely needed
there. If complaints about bad treatment or insufficient
food are justified, these, too, may be submitted to a proper
military authority. Under no circumstance are they to
find their way into letters which may undermine
the morale of German civilians!"
3. "DIG OR DIE"
From the diary of a British junior officer:
During 6 April, shelling of my platoon was only fairly frequent. In
the course of half an hour, we counted 16 shells in the immediate
vicinity of the post. We counted 80 to 100 shells in, or near, this
small area alone before the end of the day. The only
casualties were one killed, two wounded and half our breakfast
missing. We were dug-in in the usual way.