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The German Motorized Infantry Regiment
Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 4, October 17, 1942
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191. The combat train is divided into Gefechtstross I and Gefechtstross II. Gefechtstross I will be kept as small as possible and its composition adapted to the requirements of the particular operation. It may include:

(a) Fuel trucks;

(b) Ammunition trucks;

(c) Field kitchens.

192. On the march Gefechtstross I will normally remain with units. When deployment begins, it will follow in a position from which it can quickly be moved up to the battalion.

193. Gefechtstross II comprises all other parts of the combat train. When the battalion is moving independently, Gefechtstross II follows in close order behind the battalion. When the battalion is part of a higher formation, Gefechtstross II is placed under command of the regiment or division.

194. On the march and in battle, the light repair detachments are part of the fighting troops. If the latter attack dismounted, the light repair detachment will, as a rule, remain with the transport vehicles.

The commander of the light repair detachment—the battalion maintenance officer—decides how repairs are to be carried out and which vehicles are to be sent to the division workshops.

195. The ration echelon comprises the headquarters and company ration trucks. They come under command of the battalion rations officer.

196. Baggage transport is under battalion command, and moves with the second group of Gefechtstross I vehicles, unless concentrated under command of the regiment or division.

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