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The German Armored Division
Military Intelligence Service, Information Bulletin No. 18, June 15, 1942
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Chapter 9

144. Success must be exploited without respite and with every ounce of strength, even by night. The defeated enemy must be given no peace. The only factors which must be allowed to cause a temporary halt are exhaustion of fuel and ammunition, and even then contact must be maintained. The attack must be resumed as soon as fresh supplies have been received.

145. Every effort should be made in pursuit to overtake the enemy. If the enemy succeeds in maintaining a front in its withdrawal, the armored division must break through the enemy resistance at several points and use its speed to occupy ground in the path of retreat. The nature of the terrain and strength and attitude of the enemy decide whether the tank brigade is to be pushed forward in mass formation or in task forces.

Night attacks are likely to be particularly successful.

146. If there is danger of losing contact with the enemy, elements possessing greater speed, i.e., motorized infantry, motorcyclists, and antitank units, will be employed in the pursuit. In this case, engineers will be assigned. If reinforced by equally mobile forces, the armored reconnaissance unit can strike swiftly and with decisive results.

147. If the division has penetrated deep into the enemy lines in its pursuit, it will establish a system of defense areas for its protection at rest and by night. They should be designed to enable heavy fire to be directed from every side.

148. If enemy resistance stiffens, all forces engaged in pursuit must be concentrated quickly under unified command for a fresh attack.

149. Strong artillery forces must always move directly behind the foremost elements. Strict cooperation with division reconnaissance aircraft is essential. Fighter and bomber support increase the chances of success.

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