A translated German document issued in the form of a general order by
the Panzer Army High Command lists the following 10 rules on the function and
employment of tanks.
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Panzer Army High Command 5
HQ. 10 March 1943
GENERAL ORDER NO. 14
Ten Rules of Tank Employment
1. The tank is a deciding weapon in battle. Therefore, employment should
be limited to the "main effort" in suitable terrain.
2. The tank is not an individual fighting weapon. The smallest unit is the
tank platoon; for larger missions, the tank company.
3. The tank is not an infantry support weapon. It breaks into and through the
enemy line, for the closely following infantry.
4. The tank can take a piece of terrain and clear it, but it cannot hold it.
This is an infantry mission, supported by infantry heavy weapons, antitank guns,
5. The tank is not to be employed as artillery, which fights the enemy for an
extended period from one position. The tank fights while moving with short halts
6. The mission of the infantry is to pin down enemy defensive weapons, and
to follow the tank attack closely in order to exploit completely the force and morale
effect of that attack.
7. The mission of the artillery is to support the tank attack by fire, to destroy
enemy artillery, and to follow closely the rapidly advancing tank attack. The main
task of the artillery support is continuous flank protection.
8. The mission of the tank destroyers is to follow the tank attack closely
and to get into the battle immediately when tank fights tank.
9. The mission of the combat engineers is to clear minefields and to open
gaps under tank, infantry, and artillery protection, in order to enable the
continuation of the tank attack.
10. The tank is blind and deaf at night. It is then the mission of the infantry
to protect the tanks.