German military doctrine has stressed the offense, and the ability of the German Army in attack is well known. However, it should not be assumed that when the Germans are thrown on the defensive, they will not know what to do; the Libyan campaigns are evidence to the contrary.
At certain periods in this campaign, the Germans had to take a defensive role and develop defensive techniques in a terrain and type of warfare entirely different from those in other theaters. They showed ability to adapt the old principles of defense to these conditions, and this resourcefulness may be expected in the future. It will take imagination, thorough preparation, and careful reconnaissance to deal with the defensive tactics that may be expected from the Germany Army.
Table of Contents
SECTION I. INTRODUCTION
SECTION II. NEW DEFENSE PLANS, MAY 7-JUNE 15, 1941
SECTION III. THE THEORY TESTED ON THE FRONTIER
SECTION IV. NEW THEORY FROM EXPERIENCE ON THE FRONTIER
SECTION V. THE ACTION AT TOBRUK
SECTION VI. THE NOVEMBER OFFENSIVE
SECTION VII. COMMENTS AND LESSONS