1. TACTICAL EMPLOYMENT OF AT WEAPONS
Toward the end of the Tunisian campaign, Major General Weber, who was in command of
the 334th German Infantry Division, issued this extremely interesting order regarding
the tactical employment of antitank weapons.
The opposition uses its tanks as assault guns, with the help of which it pushes its infantry forward. In
general practice, the opposition does not attempt to make a breakthrough with armored vehicles, but
tries to nibble forward, on a broad front, through the main defensive positions. Hostile tanks
must therefore be knocked out during the initial penetration, so that the hostile infantry will lose
its artillery support. To this end, all antitank weapons—such as antitank guns, antiaircraft
guns, and tank guns—are to be placed under the command of the infantry sector commanders, who
will site them well forward in the fire plan. In addition, all antitank weapons are to be made into
strong points, to permit all-around defense against both tanks and infantry. As these strong
points, cleverly sited so as to give flanking fire support, begin to knock out tanks and armored
cars, the whole attack will gradually be brought to a standstill.
2. "ENGLISH SPOKEN HERE"
German field patrols often call out familiar Christian names in English, hoping to locate Allied
positions. (This has also been a favorite ruse of the Japanese.) German tanks sometimes stop and
open their hatches, whereupon a German soldier says in English, "It's all up—no use
fighting—get up and come forward," or similar phrases. This, again, is a trick by which the
Germans hope to locate positions. If, in such instances, U.S. soldiers suspect a ruse and keep
well down, they are likely to be rewarded by hearing the Germans close the tank hatch and move
along to try the same stunt elsewhere.
3. SMOKE GENERATORS ON TANKS
The Germans are using a new type of smoke discharger on the Pz. Kw. 6 and on the latest
models of the Pz. Kw. 3. On each side of the turret, three external dischargers
are mounted, one above the other, at a fixed elevation of 45 degrees. However, the dischargers
on each side are not in line vertically, but from bottom to top are slightly tilted outward to
insure a fanwise projection of the smoke generators and therefore a better smoke screen in front
of the vehicle.
Each discharger is a cylindrical tube 3.7 inches in diameter and about 6 inches long. The
base of each discharger is closed by a heavy-gauge sheet metal bracket, by which the unit of three
dischargers is attached to the turret. The equipment is fired electrically from the interior of the