The issue of nightfighting must be seen from what effect it has upon the various armies. The British army had a strong tradition for nightfighting from the great war. Lord Gort found it neccessary to emphasise in his orders to the BEF that there must be heavy patroling at night. The patroles themselves were divided into two groups. Recce or fighting. During the first siege of Tobruk Gen. Moreshead fought ferociously at night. The defenders of Tobruk quickly found the nighfighting highly effective. Nightfighting against the Germans nullified thier strengths. The Germans had a number of good kit that made them formidable opponent during daytime. Belt fed MG 34 on tripods or bipods put up a terrible volume of fire. Tanks could be blown to bits by long range guns such as the 88mm AA gun in ground support role. The German tanks were reliable and had the advantage of firing proper HE shells which often meant that they would use direct fire on Commonwealth and British forces from a range that he 2pdr would have little or no effect. During the night the formidable weaponry had little effect. Small bands of allied troops would use submachine guns and grenades to harrass the opposition and disorganise them. For any who has tried nightpatrols they can all tell that it is highly exhillarating and almost fun. This buisiness of doing nightfighting fit the British and Commonwealth troops great. Gen. Moreshead had fought under Gen Monash during the great war, who had in turn studied the highly successful Japanese nightattacks in 1905 against the Russians. The path that Gen. Moreshead took was followed by the likes of Monty, who made nightfighting into an art as shown during the second battle of El Alamein. The Autocratic commandstructure in the British army meant that it was relatively easy to orcestrate an operation involving corps size units into a detailed plan. There are plenty of accounts of the effects and application of this art by war veterans. As a side note it is interesting to read 18 platoon, where Jary (the author commander of 18 platoon) utters his distaste for the standarised drills for patroling and use his own ideas to great effect. So the reason why the Germans had a different view on nightfighting is rooted in the equipment/capabilities they had during the day, and their Aufdragstaktik that made it difficult to orchestrate large units fighting according to a tight plan.