A tank exercise observed in Germany late in 1942 indicated that the Germans
were developing a new type of combined tank and infantry tactics. These tactics
have now been reported as standard German tactics on the Eastern front. A
description of these tactics reported through a British source follows:
Five medium tanks are drawn up in line and immediately behind them two
armored troop-carrying vehicles carrying nine men each, armed with automatic
weapons. The center tank leads off, followed by the remaining four tanks moving
in pairs; bringing up the rear are the two armored troop-carrying vehicles. The
moment the leading tanks open fire the men in the troop-carriers dismount and
advance at the double in extended order. Then four very large trucks come up,
each carrying about 25 riflemen who dismount and advance in three "waves"
behind the tanks.