Thursday, April 13, 2006

Jim Watt has a good article about "Sword and Shield" tactics

Rommel was a master of "Sword and Shield" tactics. Jim Watt has a good article (rather wargaming-oriented) about how they worked. Jim writes:

The real value of the 88 was in the way the Germans used it - and this started in the Civil War in Spain ! Von Thoma had only PzKw 1 tanks against Russian T26’s so he used the "Shield and Sword" tactic. This involved retreating and drawing the Russian tanks onto a Pakfront ( linked anti- tank guns in prepared positions.) After the guns had done their work the tanks attacked the fleeing enemy tanks or the unsupported infantry.

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