German Squad Tactics in World War 2



German Squad Tactics in World War 2. The German infantry squad was the mainstay of the German Wehrmacht in the Second World War. This video explores the basic organization of a German infantry squad, the concept of fire and movement, the deployment of the MG34 and its relation to the other squad members, as well as regular military tactics. Finally, there is an example of an attack on an enemy position.

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MILITARY INTELLIGENCE SERVICE: THE GERMAN SQUAD IN COMBAT

Töpfer, Harry: German Tactical Manual

Bull, Stephen: World War II Infantry Tactics – Squad and Platoon

WWII German Map Symbols by James Byrne

Oberkommando des Heeres: Hinweise für die Ausbildung der Infanterie auf Grund der Erfahrungen des Ostfeldzuges, H. Qu. O.K.H., 1.3.1942

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50 comments

  1. For late-war German infantry tactics involving the StG44 (MP 44 / MP 43) check out our book:
    » The Assault Platoon of the Grenadier-Company November 1944 (StG 44) – http://sturmzug.com
    If Panzers are more your thing, check out our translation of the a 1941 regulation:
    » Army Regulation Medium Panzer Company 1941 – http://www.hdv470-7.com

    Video on Panzergrenadier Tactics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVM6QQuYE3M
    Infographics poster for this video: https://www.redbubble.com/people/mhvis/works/31141375-german-infantry-squad-1941-die-gruppe?p=poster&finish=semi_gloss&size=medium

  2. you mixed up "schützenkette" and "schützenreihe"! Schützenreihe = column / Schützenkette = skirmishline

  3. presenter: the accuracy of everything i'm about to tell you should be taken with a grain of salt.
    me: so why am i watching this?

  4. Ex Yugoslavia squadron was based on the German WWII squadron # there was upgrade: 1 submachine gun, 2 machine guns, 1 RPG, 6 rifles, 28 hand grenades, 6 antytank hand grenades #

  5. So basically use weapons to suppress strategic points so guys advance and physically take ground. Pretty simple I guess. The key is having a variety of tools…with drones and satellites not sure if this still works

  6. This is such excellent, clear content. Thanks so much for making it. I also like the way there is no bullshit – you just explain and illustrate what you said you would.

  7. Me, about to start making my German infantry squad models in Roblox: Write that down, write that down!

  8. Hi,i am a vietnamese and i very like your video and i want to ask if you agree to let me add vietnamese subtitle to your video.

  9. So order of march was always highest-to-lowest, with the exception of the second in command at the rear?

  10. Studying combat strategies throughout history is fascinating. A lot of thought and attention goes into killing other humans.

  11. Don’t forget the crank they took for their “blitzkrieg”. Anything about battle of Crete? Ive been watching a lot about it. Hitler would never use airborne again

  12. Force the enemy to duck for cover, rush towards his position and flank him; the epitome of German tactics.

  13. The Imperial Guards with Lansgun and an extran flashlight dont need tactic. They only need the Emperor. BECAUSE THE EMPEROR PROTECTS!

  14. How did they carry the ammo drums? Never seen them hanging of webbing. Did they just stuff them in a bag or something?

  15. Me before watching this video: "Huh, random but seems interesting"

    Me after watching this video: "WAS WOLLEN WIR TRINKEN? SIEBEN TAGE LANG, WAS WOLLEN WIR TRINKEN? SO EIN DURST…"

  16. So basically the germans ran a 5 wide set. They ran deep crosses in the slot, post routes on the outside and a wr quick screen.

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