Barrages were laid immediately in front of the most advanced defensive positions, thus furnishing them with a screen of fire that would protect them from attacking infantry and tanks. Lanes were left in these barrages to allow German patrols to operate during an attack.
All platoons were supplied as liberally as possible with supporting weapons, and these weapons were always employed in close coordination with the defending infantry.
Perhaps the most outstanding single element in German
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