Sorry for the thread title fragment...
Anyway- Did the Germans have dedicated equipment for digging defilade positions for their tanks? If so, what was it?
Couldn't isolate individual pics, but scroll almost half-way down -
http://www.allworldwars.com/German%20Field%20Fortifications%20on%20the%20Eastern%20Front.html#II Dug-in hull-down tank positions. Also lots of diagrams and plans for scratch-building.
Tank crew are trained to recognize and use natural hull down positions where ever possible. Nothing is more obvious that prepared positions and nothing attracts artillery like obvious trenches. A few salvoes and your prepared position is ruined and you can't pull the tank in.
By preferring natural covered positions you are more likely to be concealed as well. And a hull down doesn't have to be a ditch. It can also be some cut logs covered with dirt.
Am I the only one who ever did tactics without engineers or a dozer? You look for natural folds in the terrain. Even seemingly flat terrain can have a fold high enough to hide a tank. Except an M3 Lee-- there you're on your own.
Would have been interesting to see how the S-tank would have fared in a Cold War battlefield.
Organization Todt , pre planned bunkers , Atlantic wall , sub pens etc.
Pioneer , pre planned field positions .
Infantry , forward positions if and when needed .
A bit off topic but very interesting .
WWI A7V Schutzengrabenbagger .
Last pics , scratch build by Alexander Shuvayev .