British Tanks of World War II: France and Belgium, 1944 by David Fletcher

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However, the primary thrust would be undertaken by 1. Pal/zer at Gaulier, in the centre. It was, however, the stretch from Gaulier running through to 10. [Je. It was also directly across from the de ignated primary crossing point at Gaulier that ,uderian stationed the bulk of the artillery available to his three divi ion. Even 0, their pau ity of aml1lunition pre luded a sustained or heavy barrage and, acc rding to witnesses, the contribution of the German artillery seems to have been lost against the backdrop of the bombing, once it began.

Pallzer Divisioll, which Guderian had ordered across the Gaulier bridge in lieu of using their own, which had not yet been completed. THE TANK BATTLE AT BULSON These pz IV seen in France are either Ausf 8 or C, identifiable by their lack of the plain drum cupola of the Ausf A and use of the early-type tracks with low guide horns as seen carried on their engine decks. The differences between 8 and C are only visible from the front. They have been fitted with turret-rear stowage bins made by their unit, but bear no visible division emblem.

The even hour delay in getting Panzers across the river between 0120 and 730 hI's could have been potentially disastrous for the German, a the French had already organised a counter-attack on the bridgehead with tanks and infantry. Although ordered in the afternoon f the previous day, delays, procrastination and, nor least, the impact of the confusion generated by the panic during the night, saw the French attack only begin early on the 14th. Departing from their start line at 0730 hrs, the French force made for the Bulson Ridge with a view to ensuring that the site, having been vacated in the night by panicked infantry, would once more be secured.

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