The following comments were compiled from observations of the recent
tank battles in the streets of Stalingrad.
The German commander held the mass of his tanks in the rear areas, throwing
only small groups of from three to five tanks down any one street.
The accompanying infantry precedes the tanks, and only when the surrounding
buildings are overcome do the tanks advance. Thus, the best defense against
tanks in street warfare is to place the most experienced automatic
riflemen out in front.
It is necessary to deploy tanks in the defense so that they will form a
dense crossfire, enfilade, and flanking fire. This can best be obtained by
controlling the street intersections. Infantry and artillery must be disposed
in the intervals between, and in front of, the tanks.
It is desirable that tanks held in reserve be assembled near intersections.
Tanks should be controlled by radio. Messenger service is too slow and
telephone wire is too easily broken.
The infantry commander must be located near the tank commander, and the
commanders of the smaller rifle units must be with the commanders of
individual tanks. The rifle commanders locate targets for the tanks, and
correct and change their fire from one target to another.