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Johnny Boy Inactive Member10 Mar 2017 5:55 a.m. PST

Struggling to get my head around how the German army called in close air support during the fall of France.
Does anybody have information on:
At what level, division / regiment etc., was this resource located?
How was each unit transported?
How large was each unit?
Anything would help.


Andy P10 Mar 2017 6:01 a.m. PST

FLIVO's were allocated at Divisional level. Basically a request for air support went in and passed to the FLIVO who then passed it on to the relevant airfield so a reasonable amount if time passed between the call and its arrival.

See section IV link

Andy P10 Mar 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

A better source would be

PDF link

Johnny Boy Inactive Member10 Mar 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

Andy P:
I can't open the second PDF, tries then stops.
The first link talks about a control officer at the front line directing the attack by radio.
Do you know what vehicle would be used to transport him and his radio?
Was he part of a team or a lone guy with a driver?


Johnny Boy Inactive Member10 Mar 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

Just found an earlier post on the same subject!
I now understand little bit more as that post has a more detailed document.


deephorse10 Mar 2017 11:06 a.m. PST


You might find some useful information via the above link.

LORDGHEE10 Mar 2017 6:42 p.m. PST

Johnny boy please post link to post you found

lou passejaire13 Mar 2017 3:13 a.m. PST

the vehicles used during Fall of France were mostly Sd.Kfz. 223 funk Luftwaffe . but their main role was not to call for air support ( we have not found a single serious report of an air-ground attack in the direct combat zone ) for this purpose, the artillery was here, but to ask for air recce from the Henschel He 126 of the Aufklärungsgruppe attached to each Panzer-Division .

air Recce

Air Attack

air Recce

Ground attack

Artillery support, if needed, with a little help from Air recce …

that's the normal way …

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