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"German Precautions Against Counterbattery Fire" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following description of German artillery tactics in North Africa was originally printed in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 19, February 25, 1943.

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Toward the end of September 1942, it was noted that the Germans in North Africa were increasing their precautions against British counterbattery fire. Among the methods used were these:

(1) Harassing missions by day were fired from roving gun positions in the open.

(2) Adjustments were made by using one or two guns sited on a flank.

(3) The fire of both light and medium batteries was directed into the same area at the same times in order to increase the difficulties of locating battery positions.

(4) Up to six batteries were fired simultaneously in order to confuse British sound-ranging. Dummy flashes are also reported to have been used, but this is not confirmed.


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