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"Notes on German Artillery Tactics in Tunisia" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following U.S. War Department report on German artillery tactics in Tunisia during WWII was published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 34, September 23, 1943.

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German artillery, when fighting unseasoned American troops, had a tendency to spread its fire. A reconnaissance officer back from Tunisia relates that he observed a German battery on a height, shift its targets rapidly three times up and down the length of a broad valley, covering each target with short, intense bursts of fire before moving to another. The effect was to slow up movements and compel American units to deploy widely and "keep their heads down." Observation posts were accurately shelled. In such cases, the correct procedure was to take cover, and reoccupy the post as soon as the shelling ended.


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