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The German Armored Division
Military Intelligence Service, Information Bulletin No. 18, June 15, 1942
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Chapter 13

166. Protection at rest is carried out according to principles in Field Service Regulations. Sectors giving cover are of special importance for the armored division. Wide dispersion simplifies camouflage, especially of the numerous vehicles. Mutual support must be provided for in event of an enemy attack.

Protection of rest areas is normally taken over by motorized infantry. For this purpose the infantry can be reinforced with other troops (antitank units, single guns, and machine-gun units attached). Employment of tanks for protection of rest areas will be exceptional.

Protection by mine fields laid by the engineers may be desirable. They must be covered, and must be removed some time before the march is resumed.

Protection against air reconnaissance and attack is the responsibility of the division antiaircraft machine-gun units. They can be supplemented by machine guns.

167. If possible, rest areas should be chosen in which the work of the repair services can be simplified and accelerated by assistance from existing workshops. The division will therefore seek out sites, especially for its full-track or half-track vehicles, in or near large villages or towns.

168. Division of troops for purposes of quartering into groups which fit into the composition of march groups accelerates preparation for resumption of the march and reduces movement orders.

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