This is a translation of a captured German field manual on the tactics of the motorized infantry regimnent and battalion when used as part of the German armored division. In accordance with the principle that "the chief task of motorized infantry is cooperation with tanks," the aim of the German command has been to weld their armored division into a homogeneous unit, and to mold the tactics of this division around the operation of the tank elements. These German instructions assume that the motorized infantry is equipped with support guns on self-propelled mounts, this equipment being adopted by the Germans as quickly as it can be designed and manufactured.
This document supplements The German Armored Division [Information Bulletin No. 18, Military Intelligence Service], which contains the German instructions for the armored division.
Provisional Instructions for the Employment and Tactics of the Motorized Infantry Regiment and Battalion
March 1, 1941
Principles which are common both to motorized infantry regiments and battalions, and to infantry regiments and battalions, are not mentioned in these "Provisional Instructions." A knowledge of H. Dv. 130/9 [Heeresdienstvorschrift, German (Army) training regulations], "Employment and Tactics of the Infantry," is therefore indispensable.
As long as the motorized infantry regiments and battalions are not (or only partly) equipped with armored personnel carriers, the instructions are valid only to a limited extent. This applies particularly to fighting from trucks. All cases in which employment and tactics are affected fundamentally by the lack of armored personnel carriers are indicated in the instructions.
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