An American army observer in Tunisia reports that German tanks habitually
operate in conjunction with AT guns, as has long been their practice. The
employment of these weapons is not always the same, but when units encounter
enemy tanks they should expect AT guns. One German maneuver wherein the
enemy launched a flank attack with tanks against our forces is described as
follows (see sketch):
As the enemy armor drove into the flank, its objective our supporting artillery and
then our infantry, AT guns, including 88-mm, were "peeled off" and
went into position to protect the German tanks from the counterattack of our tanks
and/or tank destroyers.
On other occasions the Germans used their often-tried stratagem of sending forward a
number of tanks which would then withdraw in an attempt to lure our armor into
range of their AT weapons. This is the same stratagem which the Germans used with such
success against the British tanks during the heavy fighting prior to the British
withdrawal to the El Alamein line in June 1942.