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The Development of German Defensive Tactics in Cyrenaica—1941
Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 5, October 16, 1942
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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 defenses was the 88-mm gun. It sometimes opened fire at ranges up to 2,000 yards, but was most effective at about 800 yards. The 50-mm and 37-mm antitank guns opened fire at between 400 and 800 yards.

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