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"A German Antitank Gun Emplacement" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report and sketch of a German antitank gun position during WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 28, July 1, 1943.

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A sketch of a German diagram of an emplacement for an antitank gun shows some interesting details. The diagram is stated to have been prepared for a defense system based on defense areas. The German document in explanation thereof follows.

[German WWII Antitank Gun Emplacement]

"The positions will be arranged in accordance with the following plan:

(a) Field of fire in all directions;

(b) The crew as near as possible to the gun;

(c) Two to three men in one dugout with the dugouts mutually interconnected;

(d) Crawl trenches to the position. This will allow firing in any direction; enable the crew to be ready for action at all times; and permit the men to move about unobserved even during the day."


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