[Lone Sentry: The German Armored Division]
[Lone Sentry: Photos, Articles, and Research on the European Theater in World War II]
Home Page | Site Map | What's New | Contact: info@lonesentry.com

The German Armored Division
Military Intelligence Service, Information Bulletin No. 18, June 15, 1942
[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the wartime U.S. War Department publication. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]

Chapter 7

99. As a rule, deployment precedes the division's organization for battle. It enables units in the rear of the columns to move quickly into battle, making full use of space for maneuvering. The longer the columns, the earlier deployment must be ordered. Increased readiness for battle compensates for the reduction in speed resulting from advancing deployed.

100. The advance in deployed order is protected by combat reconnaissance. If the tactical situation demands it, artillery elements may be employed to cover deployment. Special routes must then be allotted to the artillery, so that it may take up its proper position after its support mission is completed.

101. If the division commander has insufficient data at the time of deploying to lay down objectives to commanders of subordinate units, the latter must advance by bounds deployed. New bounds must be ordered early in order to obviate unnecessary delays when bounds have been reached.

102. Early orders are necessary for employment of antiaircraft machine-gun units for the protection of deployment.

[Back to German Armored Division Table of Contents] Back to Table of Contents