By Bryan Perrett
This publication explores the layout, improvement and deployment of British tanks in the course of the North African campaigns of worldwide struggle 2. The logistics of auto restoration and delivey also are coated, and autos are proven in complete color art.
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93. If early contact with the enemy is expected, the advance will be covered by an advance guard. If the advance is made along more than one road, each march column will be allotted an advance guard. Strength and composition of the advanced guard are dictated by the situation, terrain visibility, and strength of the march column. If the tank brigade follows immediately behind the advance guard, the fighting strength of the latter may be kept relatively small. In suitable country, the tank brigade, or part of it, may take over the duties of advance guard in order to destroy enemy resistance immediately.
If the enemy is inferior in numbers or armament, or if it is im32 possible to find a favorable position, a short halt should be made during which all armor-piercing weapons should be brought to bear on him. The attack should then follow immediately, and should, if possible, be supported by some elements firing at the halt. The rear waves of the tank brigade should be employed as far as possible in enveloping attacks against the flanks and rear of the enemy tank forces. Extensive combat reconnaissance must be carried out by the division, especially in the flanks and rear of the tank brigade, to insure that the latter is secure from surprise attacks by enemy tanks.
152. The last troops to be withdrawn will normally be adequately covered by antitank units reinforced by motorized infantry or motorcyclists. Mines can be laid to assist in the final disengagement. In this case there must be close cooperation between engineers and the last troops to move. The division commander will decide how mines are to be employed. 153. In the absence of antitank units equipped with selfpropelled mounts, rear protection will be provided chiefly by tank units. 154. The situation may favor the formation of task forces.