18th Army Command
December 8th, 1943
Reports on the number of destroyed tanks
1. Precise reports on destroyed or knocked out tanks are of great importance for evaluating the combat strength of Russian tank units and estimation of success during defense. Not every hit on a tank destroys it. Reports need to differentiate:
- Destroyed tanks
- Knocked out tanks
- Tanks destroyed by the Luftwaffe
- Prisoners report that the Russians burn smoke bombs to create the illusion of a burning tank (each tank carries 5-6 bombs that burn for 2 minutes).
- As a rule, a tank that burned up burns for several hours and its ammunition detonates completely. A brief fire is either a trick or was put out. Such a tank was not destroyed and in most cases is not immobilized, as such do not report on these tanks.