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German Army Tactics in WW2 - Defensive
German Army Tactics, WW2
German Army, 1942-45
© 2006
322 pages; 30 chapters and 2 appendixes
From 1942 to 1945, the German Army was essentially on the defensive. Most
of their
tactics consisted of clever defensive positions defending
against the British, Americans, or Russians.
Sacrificing operational art, the
Germans fixated on tactics
. However, those German Army tactics, which
featured frequent counter attacks, were innovative and imaginative models of
tactical combat that remain useful today.  
German Army Tactics, WW2
includes sections on
German assault tactics, German rifle squads and
machine guns
, German anti-tank tactics, German infantry defensive
, and German artillery tactics. The reader will thus enjoy a
comprehensive discussion of German Army Tactics; 1942-45 replete
with explanatory sketches.
Review Table of Contents
“After much study, the Germans realized that enemy soldiers would be in view for only brief moments when they advanced
from cover to cover or when they fired their weapons. In order to take advantage of this, the Germans kept their rate of
fire high in order to put send the most bullets towards the enemy in the shortest amount of time.
However, the Germans realized that the attack, and only the attack, could obtain victory. For this reason, German Field
Service Regulations rightly state that only an offensive conclusion of defensive operations can bring off a decisive victory.
But, on the other hand, in the course of any long war, no army is likely to escape defensive operations.  No army is strong
enough to attack everywhere and continuously. There are times when it is better to allow the enemy to attack, and wait
until defensive fire has defeated the enemy sufficiently to make a counter attack’s success more likely.
If the campaigns of
1939, 1940, and early 1941 found the German Army on the defensive only in a very few areas
and only for a very short time
, it was because of the extraordinarily fast tempo of events leading up to the complete
conclusion of the fighting (
from 1942 through 1945 German tactics were focused upon the defense because the
cream of the German Army had been destroyed in the Russian Barbarossa Trap in 1941). The importance of defense
and its significance in the education and training of troops cannot be shrugged off. In fact, no body of troops knows
during its training what tasks it may be called upon to perform in the future.
During a war the tactical situations
change so quickly, suddenly, and unpredictably that all troops must be trained for defensive as well as for
offensive action
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