First of all I am writing this only form common sense and some experience and
not from a great knowledge of German tactics. Some parts are taken from Allied writings
on German tactics. While I am more interested in Motorized Recon the points below apply
equally to foot recon.
Other than reporting a general position of the enemy a report should contain specific
important data. Some of this data may be asked for by the commander or depend on the type of
Any heavy weapons are rather rare in reenacting, remember to report on these.
- Location of enemy units.
- Position of Machineguns and field of fire.
- Flanks of enemy units.
- Obstacles (natual or man-made).
- Gaps between enemy units Especially if they allow concealed movement.
- The state of the road is important, mud, fords...
- The limit of free movement forward (where would a unit need to deploy from road
martch to a tactical formation).
- Unit Commanders MUST share information with other units and higher HQ's
- Make a Map to go with your report.
Types of recon
Route Recon-Typically means checking a road to be used in the near future to
move other troops, or in the defense to check for the approch of the enemy.
Point Recon-Reporting on the situation at a single point ie crossroad, hill, bridge.
Area Recon-Checking an area ie town or woods.
Covering advances-Once you have returned and reported in a Recon units is the obvious
choise to lead the advance. If your units has enough men and vehicles leave some in
contact with the enemy and send others back to report the situation. The German Army
stresses maintaining contact with the enemy.
Outposts or advanced guards- See the section on Defending for outposts.
Things to keep in mind
- Approach commanding features causously.
- Dismount at danger areas and conduct recon on foot (bridges,
crossroads, sharp curves in the road).
- When moving though open areas have a covering unit and spread out.
- The German Army stressed advancing in bounds. The length of the bound depends on the
type of terrain and on the liklyhood of enemy fire.