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Reconnaissance by “Schnelle Truppen” (Fast Troops) - part 2.
But the far more difficult part of the reconnaissance begins at this point. Every scouting detail does not reach its goal. Because of opposition from the enemy, not every one is able to obtain a definite, clear picture of the enemy. No every report from the scouting detail reaches the reconnaissance officer in time. In these cases, it will always be an art, inborn and difficult to acquire, to send out new scouting details, to the right place, at the right time and in sufficient strength in cooperation with whatever forces are available.
The obtaining of the first reports concerning the enemy forms the basis for new activity by the reconnaissance detachment. However, this first picture of the enemy gives only an idea regarding the limits of the area in or back of which major enemy forces may be suspected:”
A number of essential questions must now be answered by the reconnaissance detachment, some of the most important of which are enumerated here. How strong is the enemy? what does he have in the way of infantry, artillery, tanks and other arms? How is he organized? Has he taken up a position or is he only camping in the area? Has he ended his march or has he not yet started it? From where has he come? Where does he plan to go? In how many columns is he marching or does he plan to march?.
From these and other equally important questions, ensues, perforce, the increased employment uf all parts of the reconnaissance detachment to their bodily and mental
limits, as well as to their limit with respect to numbers, space and time.
Time is the second factor affecting the results of reconnaissance. Like Damocles’ sword, it hovers over the operations of the reconnaissance detachments. Every fleeting minute that passes hy unused, every second diminishes the distance between their own and the enemy’s main forces.
With it, diminishes the time for freedom of action for the higher command. The reconnaissance officer must be greedy of seconds, without permitting over-haste to drive his reconnaissance detail headlong into destruction.
As next factor, there is the dispatch rider’s service. Probably no field of military activity is exposedto greater opposition and external influence. For the burden of the transmission of information from the scouting detail to the reconnaissance detachment, and then from here to the higher command, does not rest on many shoulders. In individual cases, it rests only on the particular dispatch rider or wireless operator entrusted with this task.
The fate of entire formations may depend upon an important bit of information which a scouting detail has acquired through sacrificial effort, if it does not reach its destination in time. Horse-mounted, bicycle and motorcycle dispatch riders may be shut down or taken prisoner while on their way. A fall, or enemy interference, has prevented many a message from reaching its goal.
Reconnaissance is also seriously interfered with by the enemy when he will not let you see his hand, (as at cards).
Source: Reconnaissance by “Schnelle Truppen” (Fast Troops)
[“Aufklarung durch Schnelle Truppen” by Lieutenant Colonel Schonfehld. Translated from the German by Mr. La vergne Dale, at the Command and General Staff School Libraty. Fort Leavenworth Kansas, from Wissen und Wehr, January 1941.]
condensed by CAPTAIN O. C MICHELMANN, Military Intelligence.
Its follows. Regards. Tigre
Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.