Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Nashorn Notes

"On firing positions for 88 mm SPGs (Nashorn, formerly Hornisse)
  1. During use of self propelled anti-tank guns, it is important to perform thorough reconnaissance (preferably on foot). Frequently, the neighbouring section of the front turns out to have more favourable conditions for firing and ambush positions. In that case, the commander of the anti-tank unit must apply them in the neighbouring sector, and not in his own. The specifics of this weapon require certain flexibility in its use. The only important thing is that it must function as effectively as possible.
  2. To make it harder for the enemy to fight these thinly armoured SPGs and to conceal the main direction of anti-tank defenses, it is necessary to change positions more frequently.
  3. On observation and fire correction of direct firing guns: observation and fire correction is made extremely difficult by sand, dust, or snow kicked up by firing the gun. Conclusion: observation positions must be prepared 15 meters to each side of the gun. Depending on the direction of the wind, the commander observes from the right or the left observation point."


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    1. May 1st, 1944. The original comes from OKH General Staff "2nd preparation department", whatever that is.