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The German Motorized Infantry Regiment
Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 4, October 17, 1942
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186. The company commander is responsible for the movement of the organic transportation. Should the situation require the organic transportation to be placed under unified command, it will be concentrated within the battalion under command of an energetic officer. The latter will have motorcycle messengers and, where necessary, radio at his disposal for purposes of communication. Good communication is essential to smooth working.

187. Unless there are express orders to the contrary, the transport vehicles will remain close behind the fighting troops. They must be out of sight of the enemy. Ground situated behind a natural tank defense is an ideal position. It may be necessary to provide a force for protection.

188. To reduce the effects of enemy artillery fire and air attacks, the transport vehicles will be dispersed over a wide area, the transportation commander allotting individual sectors and positions. If, in spite of these measures, vehicles are still in danger, the commander must move them to alternate positions previously reconnoitered.

189. If the commander of the motorized infantry decides to have his troops entruck, the armored carriers must be able to reach them in the shortest possible time.

190. When the vehicles have to be moved up to the troops, the commander of the organic transportation orders the time of departure, the order of march, and the route. He is also responsible for the regulation of traffic during the forward movement. If the ground allows, he moves forward off the roads to make use of terrain cover and to leave the roads free for the movement of other troops.

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