Experience in Russia and Africa has indicated that tanks cannot operate
successfully without the support of other arms. Since tanks have probably been
more extensively used on the Russian front than anywhere else, of interest is
the following summary of an article from the Russian newspaper Red Star of
June 7, 1942, written by a Russian lieutenant, on engineer support of
tank attacks on organized defenses.
During the attack, each tank should carry at least 2 engineers. The principal
function of these engineers is the location and neutralization of mines. For
purposes of coordination, a complete set of visual signals between the
engineers (when dismounted) and the tanks must be arranged.
Comment: These engineers apparently ride outside the tank behind the
turret. In this connection it should be noted that the turrets of Russian tanks are
usually set well forward, thereby leaving a relatively large platform-like area
between the turret and the rear of the tank. Some protection can therefore be
afforded to men riding behind the turret. The Russians also use infantry
mounted on tanks (Desyanti) (see Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 3, p. 44).