By Alfred Toppe, Combat Studies Institute
Firs released in 1991. "Desert struggle: German stories in international struggle II" is an abridgment of a two-volume paintings that first seemed in 1952. prepared via significant normal Alfred Toppe and written with the help of 9 German commanders who served in North Africa, the manuscript represents a collaborative try and verify as many elements as attainable which exerted a settling on impression on barren region war. matters addressed comprise making plans, intelligence, logistics, and operations. defined and analyzed are the German order of conflict, the key army engagements in North Africa, and the actual difficulties of terrain and weather in wasteland operations. no longer not like a few of the U.S. devices engaged within the struggle with Iraq, the Germans in North Africa discovered approximately strive against operations within the barren region in basic terms once they arrived at the scene and faced the desolate tract by itself phrases. therefore by myself, in addition to for the insights it deals, wilderness war calls for the intense attention of these chargeable for getting ready the U.S. army for any destiny clash in desolate tract terrain.
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In the numerous caves, overhanging cliffs, and gorges, good opportunities could be found for troop shelters, for which purpose they were frequently used, since they were the most effective protection against air attacks that was to be found. Some of the steep terraces and other similar terrain features, however, became of outstanding importance, namely: (1) The Northern Rim of the Qattara Depression, on Which the Southern Flank of the El Alamein Line Was Based. This rim towered about 300 meters above the floor of the depression, which was 80 meters below sea level.
The more important lessons learned in the battle (that has been described above in broad outline) are as follows: (1) The old maxim that reports should be sent in as frequently as possible was frequently not observed, although orders had been given that a brief radio report was to be sent in every two hours-with the provision that the single word “unchanged” or a statement of position would be sufficient. (2) Similarly, not all of the units reacted automatically to any development by carrying out new reconnaissance.
Without the 15th Panzer Division, the German 33 forces would not have been able to hold their own, particularly in the battle from the 15th to 17th of June. (3) Whereas the fighting during the pursuit in March and April took place on either side of the Via Balbia, all the actions just described took part in the desert. (4) The German side no longer had absolute mastery of the air; British bombing units were taking part in the fighting in concentrated attacks for the first time. In these skirmishes and battles, the 15th Panzer Division gained its first experience in desert warfare.
Desert warfare : German experiences in World War II by Alfred Toppe, Combat Studies Institute