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    Fuel supply

    Post by lockie on Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:11 pm

    This photo looks a very strange for me. Tank transporting fuel? It's weird.

    German 7th Panzer Division PzKpfw 38 tank towing a trailer with a 200 liter fuel drum 01
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    Post by woofiedog on Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:22 pm

    An article concerning German rear area supply.

    German Rear-area Security in WWII.

    All along the German rail network, the Germans established and maintained small mobile construction units. In case of an outage of any type along any given rail line, these small outposts could rapidly respond and render first aid. Interestingly, German air-raid warning sirens were connected to train signals so that in case of an aerial attack, all of the trains in the local air-raid attack area would be given the closed track/stop signal and thus hopefully avoid damage/destruction.

    German Panzer formations were highly mobile units. Thus, they required highly mobile supply centers, mostly in the form of motorized transportation. Slower moving infantry divisions were for the most part adequately served with horse-drawn supply wagons. German motorized transportation units (at least those serving the Panzer troops) were required to establish their rear-area supply depots approximately 50 to 70 miles apart and no more than 300 miles from the nearest railhead or major supply center. It was preferred that the motorized supply depots establish themselves in larger towns or villages and as close to a major railhead as possible.

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