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Tanks disguised as cars

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It is unlikely that anyone needs to prove the importance of camouflage. And now, and at the very beginning of the last century, whole institutions worked on how to make their technology invisible from the enemy. Ships masked by coloring according to Wilkinson and Shpazhinsky, but Tanks, the tanks were painted very whimsically, and sometimes, on the contrary, in a dull gray color, everything, they say, depends on the terrain.


Tanks disguised as cars

American tank "Sherman" disguised as a tracked carrier. Even close not very much and you will discern what it is, but from a distance, well, just a truck!

Another way of masking steel layouts. The tanks are in one place under the hay bales, and their mock-ups of plywood, boards, and even stones (as the Japanese did in Okinawa) in another. In Germany, during the years of the Great Patriotic War, they even released a manual on how to make tanks out of snow, since there are many of them in Russia. And all this would be very good, if not for one big "but." Such a masquerade did not usually protect the tank itself. That is, defended, but only to some extent. It would be much more interesting to do so, let's say, a real battle tank would look like ... a city bus. The enemy would not have noticed anything, came very close to him, and that one - bang, and the enemy was gone, some smoking debris.


Rubber inflatable tank is, of course, very cool. But he does not shoot at the enemy!

And I must say that such an idea occurred to people immediately after the First World War. Let's look at this photo here. It tracked transporter carries tourists through the mountains. Everything is very civilized and innocent. We see the slopes of Mont d'Arbois in Megeve, in France. Everybody is happy and smiling, but in fact, tests of secret armored vehicles were filmed here!


In this case, the chassis is tested. And everything else - just for the view!

In some photographs we also see General Jean Baptiste Eugène Etienne, well, yes, the very one whom his compatriots called “Père des Chars” (Pope of tanks). He then offered a lot of interesting things, and in 1919, he had already released a monograph “Studying the mission of tanks in the field,” where he summarized the experience of using them on the battlefield, that is, he did not lose time and worked very intensively. Among the many ideas he put forward were ideas for masking tanks, and he checked one of them in the Alps, disguising tank chassis as alpine transporters for recreational walks to hide this development from a potential adversary.


The slope overcome by this chassis is very decent, isn't it ?!


And here we already see the real test.

Now the question is: imagine that there is a desert around you. There is a road through it, and along your front there are your trucks with fuel, ammunition and ... tanks. And then an enemy reconnaissance plane appears above you. What consequences await you after this, because there is nowhere to hide in the desert? It’s clear that you can call Aviation cover. But sooner or later she will fly away, and then what?


British trucks go through the Libyan Desert under the cover of Lysander aircraft.


Well, if the measures are not taken or if they are insufficient, the consequences will be the same as in this photo.
British tanks in Tunisia on the road after a raid of German aircraft, 1943 year.

Well, what if the tanks advance through the desert to the battlefield? After all, they will be even less visible, as if in the palm of your hand, and from above you can bomb and fire. Eh, they would disguise them as something not so important, such that a bomb can be regretted so that later it can be dropped on tanks, because bombs ... they also cost money, and their reserves are far from unlimited!


English tanks "Matilda" in the area of ​​the fortress of Tobruk, 1941 year.

Well, if you think, yes to be smart, then ... you can hide anything. For example, to do what the British did in India - to mask the Lanchester Mk. II under ... elephants! The elephants, they say, are walking, and there is nothing to look out for! And rightly so, when elephants go everywhere, then the eye does not distinguish any small things in their movement. There are elephants and there are elephants. Such is the peculiarity of human perception. True, such "elephants" should move slowly. But ... after all, it is only with the appearance of enemy air reconnaissance, and as soon as they fly away, the speed of the "elephants" can be increased!


English armored cars "Lanchester" Mk. II, disguised as elephants!

You can do differently. Grab the enemy tanks and move them to the enemy! It is clear that they must bear the identification marks of their own armed forces. But ... these signs are relatively small, and people usually look at the object as a whole, and not at its individual details.


Italian tanks M13 / 37 with the identification marks of the Australians.


English tank "Matilda" with German crosses. North Africa, 1942

Yes, but look at the next photo. It has an American long-wheelbase 18-ton car tank carrier “Mack EX-BX” (6x4) with a gasoline 131-strong engine and wheels with 22-inch tires, in the back of which it carries another, lighter truck. Decent speed makes it not so easy target, so that such a machine to slip to the front line is much easier than, in fact, a tank or with a tank on the platform. But take a closer look at what he is carrying. On its platform is a “snag tank” disguised as a truck!


Camouflaged tank "Valentine" on the platform of the tractor.

Well, and the top of the success of the British camouflage was the operation "Bertram" in September-October 1942 of the year. Then the German command was completely disoriented in relation to the true direction of the planned attack by the British, which ended in defeat for them at El Alamein. And all because the mass of tanks "Matilda" were converted into cars and quite unexpectedly for the Germans turned out to be where they did not expect them at all!


This photo clearly shows the device camouflage "shell" of the tank "Matilda. It consisted of two halves, very light and cheap, which could be removed from it very quickly!


Watching the expensive Matilda driver could lead through the grille radiator!

With the "Matilda" and A9 it was easy: the driver in them was located in the center, so you could arrange for him to observe through the lattice fan. On Churchill, his place was somewhat on the side, and it was not so convenient, but the benefits of such a disguise outweighed everything, and the British turned into a “covered van” even these heavy tanks. They simply made the entire front part of the layout, and this was quite enough. But a tricky eye catch was invented: dark marks from the wipers on the glasses. They could be seen from afar, and this increased the reliability of the object of disguise.

But the most interesting of all was the English who arrived with wheeled-mounted ACS “Deacon” (“Deacon”), into which they converted the all-wheel drive AES “Matador” trucks. The front of the car had an armored hood and cabin, and on the platform on the back was an open rear tower with an 57-mm gun. Ammunition of 58 shells was located here in two armored boxes. With such an arrangement, the gun did not have a round-up attack - there was an unrepairable sector where the cabin was located. But in spite of this, she could shoot ahead, and the British decided to take advantage of this circumstance, turning this ACS into another "truck". Moreover, the alteration was very reliable, because the car was wheeled, so that no, even a very attentive observer could not have suspected that in front of him a tank!


SAU "Deacon".

And this was done not to overtake these ACS to the front line. Just the opposite! They were supposed to be used in such camouflage directly in battle! The fact is that in desert conditions the exact front line was absent. Of course, there were minefields, and solid lines of trenches and barbed wire, but you could always get around this if you wanted to. And in order for the enemy to fail, all participants in the war in the desert conducted continuous reconnaissance, both in the air and on the ground. The Italian armored cars were specially adapted for operations in the desert and conducted reconnaissance and patrolling at a considerable distance from their troops, and on occasion attacked British transport vehicles and rear units. It was against them that the Deacon self-propelled guns were involved.


Calculation of the "Deacon" is busy converting its ACS into a truck.

The tactics of their use was very simple, but effective, like in the trap ships that sank a lot of enemy ships during both world wars. Noticing a lonely truck, the Italians in their car rushed to intercept, and tried not only to destroy it ("it always has time!"), But to seize it as a trophy. Having approached closer and having given couple of precautionary shots, they forced "truck" to stop and went to him for "living". And it was here that the disguise from him fell and from a distance of 50-100 meters his gun fired an Italian armored vehicle 57-mm armor-piercing projectile, and if necessary, even two, since its rate of fire was very high. And that's it! As a rule, the Italians' car flashed like a candle, the survivors were taken prisoner and ... very often they went on to meet the new “adventures”. There are cases when these unusual SAUs allowed enemy tanks to approach them, and then destroyed them with the very first shot. Well, and being discovered, they quickly turned around and at full speed left the enemy, firing, like a cart, from an instrument! So clever masking of tanks, corresponding to the place and time, is a great thing!


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  1. Brigadier
    Brigadier 2 June 2016 06: 54
    +27
    "Deception, deception all around .." the hedgehog thought sadly, getting off the cactus ... laughing
  2. Mikhail Matyugin
    Mikhail Matyugin 2 June 2016 08: 01
    +9
    I take off my hat to you low, dear Vyacheslav Olegovich! hi Almost every material you have is a true masterpiece. If I didn’t read it, I wouldn’t believe it! request Well written, the theme is rare, the photos are exclusive, the analysis of the application is great! and what else is needed to create a masterpiece?

    Yes, in North Africa, both sides distinguished themselves with a special love for stealth and layouts. Sometimes even mock-ups participated in attacks and assaults, so to speak for a psychological effect!

    there is a desert around you. There is a road through it, and along with it your trucks with fuel, ammunition and ... tanks go to the front. And then an enemy reconnaissance plane appears above you. What consequences await you after this, because there is nowhere to hide in the desert? It is clear that you can call cover aviation. But sooner or later she will fly away, and then what?
    It may be more efficient to organize a system of air patrols if there is a lot of gasoline and airplanes?
    1. kalibr
      2 June 2016 08: 21
      +11
      Thank you, Mikhail, I'm touched! But there is no particular merit of mine. Back in 1998 or later, it was planned to publish my book in the publishing house of TM magazine - "Libyan Swing". Much was a discovery then. All this was supposed to be there, and I got a bunch of photos from the Imperial War Archives in England. But then I didn't have a computer. Typewriter! The printed text went to the editor and ... with the ends. Gradually, the British posted everything on the Web (the customer pays only for those that have never been published!). And the topic itself was suggested to me by the site moderator and got to the point. I reached into the closet and found another printed text. To type was a simple matter.
      "As for a lot of gasoline and airplanes," it worked, but it didn't always work. For example, the English Hurricanes in special containers under the wings with holes carried the soldiers ... beer! In flight, it cooled down and descended by parachute. There was no greater happiness for the Germans if the wind carried them to them!
  3. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 2 June 2016 08: 16
    +10
    I was struck by a disguise as elephants .......... and smiled. thanks for the article - like the well-known facts - except for elephants for me - but served well !!!!
  4. denvar555
    denvar555 2 June 2016 08: 35
    +5
    Treasured article. Armored cars disguised as elephants standings!
    1. code54
      code54 2 June 2016 21: 21
      0
      Elephants Super !!! The article is great! Interesting photos !!!
      And further. As a child, I heard a long time ago that the name "Tank" came from the disguise as a railway tank of equipment-tanks (Tank - tank, reservoir, tank, capacity, cylinder, tank)
      Really?
  5. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 2 June 2016 10: 38
    +7
    With elephants, they came up with a cool idea. In general, when I look at trucks from the pre-war times of the countries of the USA, England, Germany, etc., I understand how we lagged behind in automotive technology ..
  6. Verdun
    Verdun 2 June 2016 11: 19
    +9
    During his term of service, he was repeatedly engaged in disguising equipment on the ground. True, not tanks, but mostly mobile air defense command posts. This is not an easy job. How many trenches under the machine how many had to dig! And pull large camouflage nets, especially in late winter or early spring, when ice freezes on them - pleasure is below average. But the result is obvious. Once having gone a kilometer on the way back, I barely found a twilight position, which he himself helped to mask. So, in the army without disguise - nowhere.
    In general, when I look at trucks from the pre-war times of the countries of the USA, England, Germany, etc., I understand how we lagged behind in automotive technology ..
    Dear Zaurbek! Not far behind as it might seem at first glance. Just for three or four pre-war years, the design of cars has changed quite a lot. In the USSR, developments were also underway, but did not have time to put them into production - the war began. We didn’t produce enough quantitatively, this is a fact.
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 2 June 2016 11: 33
      +2
      I’m not talking about quantity. Look at the suspension, rubber, four-wheel drive, engines ... And all this requires developed petrochemicals and metalworking.
      1. Verdun
        Verdun 2 June 2016 12: 53
        +3
        Quote: Zaurbek
        Look at the suspension, rubber, four-wheel drive, engines ...

        It turns out that I am a car engineer by training. And moreover, for a long time engaged in antique cars. so that I could see and touch with my own hands. In terms of motor base, we lagged behind, it is a fact. We are still lagging behind in this component. This is connected not so much with technology as with a weak engine design school. As for the suspension and transmission, a lot was worked out before the war, but, unlike the Americans, who had an extra year left, they did not manage to set up a release. If you look, all four-wheel drive American cars supplied to the USSR are models 41-42. At that time, we were transferring industry beyond the Urals. And all the developed petrochemicals and metalworking went to tanks, planes, artillery ...
        1. Zaurbek
          Zaurbek 2 June 2016 13: 54
          0
          I do not argue about the development - there were. But production on the conveyor is an indicator of the level of development of industry. We often had spare parts suitable only for a specific machine, but they did not fit the same other one. And the Germans before the war already Messerschmitts collected from two halves. One was produced in Germany, and the other in the Czech Republic. Sami Compare Studebaker with the Soviet counterpart and look at the year of release of the analogue.

          PS Engineer himself, but not a motorist.
          1. Verdun
            Verdun 2 June 2016 14: 27
            +3
            Quote: Zaurbek
            Sami Compare Studebaker with the Soviet counterpart and look at the year of release of the analogue.

            Comparing.
            ZIS-6. It was produced from 33 to 41 years. Next is the war.
            Totals
            Manufacturer: Stalin Plant (ZIS), USSR Flag USSR
            Years of production: 1933-1941 (8 years)
            Graphic Design
            Wheel formula: 6 × 4
            Engines
            [hide]
            Type: Petrol
            Volume: 5 560 cm3
            Maximum power: 73 l, s, kW, at 2300 rpm
            Maximum torque: 279 N · m, at 1200 rpm
            Cylinders: 6
            Cylinder diameter: 101,6 mm
            Piston stroke: 114,3 mm
            Compression Ratio: 4,6
            Power System: Carburetor
            Cooling: liquid
            Timing (number of ticks): 4
            The order of the cylinders: 1-5-3-6-2-4
            Трансмиссия
            [show] mechanical 4-speed
            The optional two-speed gearbox. Gear ratios: 1st gear - 1,53; 2nd gear - 1,00. The main transmission of the driving axles is a single worm gear, the gear ratio is 7,40.
            Features
            Mass-dimensional
            Length: 6060 mm
            Width: 2250 mm
            Height: 2160 mm without load
            Clearance: 290 mm
            Wheelbase: 3360 + 1080 mm
            Weight: 4230 kg in running condition
            Dynamic
            Max. speed: 55 km / h
            Other
            Capacity: 4000 kg
            Tank capacity: 105 l

            Studebaker US6. It was made from 41 to 45 years.
            Totals
            Manufacturer: Studebaker
            Years of production: 1941-1945
            Assembly: Studebaker, REO
            Class: Cargo
            Graphic Design
            Body type (s): onboard
            Wheel formula: 6 × 6 (US6x6)
            6 × 4 (US6x4)
            Engines
            [hide] Hercules JXD
            Manufacturer: Hercules
            Brand: Hercules JXD
            Type: Petrol
            Volume: 5 242 cm3
            Maximum power: 95 l. with., at 2500 rpm
            Configuration: in-line, 6-cylinder.
            Cylinders: 6
            Valves: 12
            Cylinder diameter: 101,6 mm
            Piston stroke: 107,95 mm
            Compression Ratio: 5,82
            Power System: Carburetor
            Cooling: liquid
            Valve Mechanism: SV
            Block Material: Cast Iron
            Cylinder Head Material: Cast Iron
            Timing (number of ticks): 4
            The order of the cylinders: 1-5-3-6-2-4
            Recommended fuel: KB-70 later A-72
            Трансмиссия
            5-speed manual
            Features
            Mass-dimensional
            Length: 6366 mm
            Width: 2235 mm
            Height: 2210 mm (in the cab) 2694 mm in awning
            Clearance: 248 mm
            Wheelbase: 3561 + 1118 mm
            Track back: 1720 mm
            Front track: 1580 mm
            Weight: 4480 kg
            Dynamic
            Max. speed: 72 km / h
            Other
            Payload: 2268 kg (2,5 ton)
            Fuel consumption: 38,5 l / 100 km
            Tank volume: 151,4 liters

            Yes, Studer surpassed the ZIS in engine power and speed, but was inferior in carrying capacity. At the same time, the interchangeability of parts on domestic machines was quite high. And the release of the next generation of ZIS was not already established. Our lag in automotive engineering is not always related to designs and technologies. Do you know how offensive it is sometimes to hold in your hands a drawing, say 1967, on which a carefully designed portal bridge for buses, which did not go into production due to management decisions, and an analogue of which was created and patented by Neoplan only in the eighties?
            1. Pinkie F.
              Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 15: 01
              0
              Quote: Verdun
              but inferior in carrying capacity.

              hah, this was easily solved: 4 tons were recommended in the instruction manual)
              1. Verdun
                Verdun 2 June 2016 16: 09
                +3
                It is not true. There were no such instructions for use. Just made it necessary. Moreover, rather spacious bodies and powerful, high-torque motors encouraged the fighters to load American cars beyond measure. It was necessary to pay for it with folded cardans, broken springs and bridges.
            2. Zaurbek
              Zaurbek 2 June 2016 16: 21
              0
              If you compare it as a war machine, where the resource is not so important, then the numbers are beautiful. Like a civilian truck, I don’t know. The ability to serial production with the preservation of quality is 50% of the success of the model. But this did not work in the pre-war time. The war slowed down of course. But basically, the modernity of the machinery and the availability of specialists. And not only at the car factory. In my opinion, the closest analogue of Studebaker is Zil 157 (with an eye on it, it was done), and this is already 1947 onwards ...
              1. Verdun
                Verdun 2 June 2016 16: 46
                +3
                Quote: Zaurbek
                the closest analogue of Studebaker - Zil 157

                You’ll probably laugh, but the ZIS-157 (it became a ZIL a bit later) was developed on BTR-152 units. That is, first - an armored personnel carrier, and only then - a truck. That is why, on passability, he covers Studebaker, like a bull to a sheep. And the cargo drags almost twice as much - 4,5 tons. I know what I'm saying, because I not only had a chance to ride both cars, but I was also familiar with one of the developers of the BTR-152 and ZIS-157, Boris Mikhailovich Fitterman. The most talented person was. Of course, it was a sin not to take advantage of the knowledge and ideas gained from the operation of vehicles delivered under lendlize. But it was impossible to directly borrow their units and assemblies. After all, all sizes of parts of American cars, including shafts and bearings, are inch. And the development began during the war. Indeed, from development to production, the term is considerable.
                1. Zaurbek
                  Zaurbek 2 June 2016 16: 52
                  0
                  But it was created 10-15 years later. Low pressure tires appeared, taking into account the shortcomings of past cars. But the ideological mastermind is Studebaker. I traveled on a Zil-131 great car!
                  1. Verdun
                    Verdun 2 June 2016 17: 07
                    +7
                    Quote: Zaurbek
                    I traveled on a Zil-131 great car!

                    Here I definitely do not agree with you. Compared to ZIL-157, the 131st is an unfinished freak. He is heavily overweight, and he clearly lacks power. At the same time, in general, a reliable motor is well suited for its characteristics to the ZIL-130 road and does not feel well on the roads, when it is necessary to work tight, at low speeds. In my practice, there has been such a case. Our company, equipped with ZIL-131 vehicles, arrived at the place of the proposed deployment at night during the exercises. It was spring, there was still snow, and in the morning, when the sun was warm and the snow had melted, it turned out that we were standing in the middle of a swamp. All 131th sat on the very bridges and could not get out. But we had one ZIL-157. He not only slowly got out himself, but also pulled out the rest of the car from the swamp. On collective farms, where there were 157s on the farm, they were always sent to where other cars had been ordered. However, due to the lack of a power steering, a driver with good physics should have been attached to the car.))
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    2. Pinkie F.
      Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 14: 43
      +1
      Quote: Verdun
      Just in three or four pre-war years, the design of cars has changed quite a lot.

      and how much has the exterior changed? I don't think this is problem number 1 for military trucks. And in war conditions, the design didn’t care much - a lorry, for example, was simplified to the utmost.
      Quote: Verdun
      all four-wheel drive American cars supplied to the USSR are models 41-42.

      yes, although, for example, the dodge of the WC series was extremely technological and simple. A studentbucker just lost the army tender, but he was helped out by a land lease)
      1. faiver
        faiver 2 June 2016 16: 22
        +2
        The studentbacker did not enter the tender with the US6 model, but as I understand it with his predecessor, the company received an order for almost 5tys.ed., This is the 40 model.
        1. Pinkie F.
          Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 16: 51
          0
          Quote: faiver
          The studentbacker did not enter the tender with the US6 model, but as I understand it with his predecessor, the company received an order for almost 5tys.ed., This is the 40 model.

          there really was an order for 25 cars on the K4724S, but as far as I know, it was with US6 that Studebaker lost the GMC contest for the place of the main truck of the US Army.
  7. Pinkie F.
    Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 11: 28
    +1
    You can do differently. Capture enemy tanks and move them to the enemy! It is understood that they must bear the markings of their own armed forces.

    hmm .. And what does the disguise have to do with it?
    ended for them with a defeat at El Alamein. And all because the mass of the Matilda tanks were converted into cars and, unexpectedly for the Germans, ended up where they did not expect them at all!
    Come on, author, stop chasing what the Germans blew only because of the camouflaged Matilda. Yes, Monty took a whole range of measures to disorient Rommel, but if the allies had no numerical superiority, all these "palm" tanks, artillery "trucks", pseudo-fuel depots and other inventions of camouflage camouflages would not help the Anglo-Saxons.
  8. Balagan
    Balagan 2 June 2016 12: 08
    0
    Wow. I read it with interest. Far from the topic - did ours have anything like that?
    1. Pinkie F.
      Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 12: 30
      +3
      Quote: booth
      Far from the topic - did ours have anything like that?

      "Restless economy", 1946)))

      "... destroyed by enemy fire layouts BT-7 -12, KV-8, T-34 -22, layouts of guns - 47, cars - 12. It turned out that air strikes on false targets - 7, because of which layouts of tanks of the river were burned. t. -8, cars - 32 ... ".
      (from the report of the commander of the camouflage company, Kursk)

      collapsible mock tank model of 1943 - 110 kg with a tarpaulin coating, installation of 30-40 minutes for 4 people. Carrying - 8-10 people.

      mobile models on trucks were made by the beginning of KB. 250 copies. The fire from the "cannon" was imitated by IM-100 cartridges. Plus 4 smoke bombs to simulate burning. They say they used it near Prokhorovka. All were destroyed, some of the drivers were killed.
      Guderian also mentions our "cunning".
    2. Lens
      Lens 2 June 2016 17: 59
      -2
      It is still there))). In the Donbass, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used clumsily created camouflage nets to create false fuel and arrillery depots - empty barrels and shell boxes. They say the militias smashed them to smithereens. And in the winter of 2014-2015, a brightly red passenger car drove along the rear of the militia. They did not pay attention to her - civilian and color is noticeable. But having turned off the road, it was covered with a special mask in a net, the copters were taken out of the cache and conducted reconnaissance. After a certain time, a fire strike was delivered, and an old bright red passenger car rattled along the road ...
    3. Igor V
      Igor V 2 June 2016 22: 14
      0
      Quote: booth
      Wow. I read it with interest. Far from the topic - did ours have anything like that?

      Look at saper.etel.ru, it is well written about camouflage.
  9. Pinkie F.
    Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 12: 40
    +1
    a little off topic, but still:
    1942 year, Florida, 11-th exhibition of cigars
    1. Ivan Ivanych
      Ivan Ivanych 2 June 2016 15: 39
      +1
      Advertising is the engine of tanks!)
      1. Pinkie F.
        Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 17: 15
        +4
        Quote: Ivan Ivanovich
        Advertising is the engine of tanks!)

        it's yes) And vice versa: here's a parody of the FT-17 from soap. Well, not a hefty bar of soap, of course, but a plywood frame + 150 kg of soap on top. A soap exhibition somewhere in Germany in the 30s.
    2. Mikhail Matyugin
      Mikhail Matyugin 3 June 2016 18: 37
      0
      Quote: Pinky F.
      a little off topic, but still:
      1942 year, Florida, 11-th exhibition of cigars

      Oh, not a picture, but a sight for sore eyes! Cigars are probably Cuban and Dominican? laughing
  10. Pinkie F.
    Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 12: 44
    +1
    and that straw of 1916 or 1917, probably the great-grandfather of inflatable and plywood)
  11. Caduc
    Caduc 2 June 2016 12: 52
    +1
    Good article!
    Thank you!
  12. kalibr
    2 June 2016 14: 58
    +4
    Quote: Pinky F.
    if the allies had no numerical superiority, all these "palm" tanks, artillery "trucks", pseudo-fuel depots and other inventions of camouflages would not have helped the Anglo-Saxons.


    Of course they didn't! But he succeeds in an integrated approach! If you can do this, it’s better than "Hurray! Hurray! Go ahead!" and drove off! Sweat saves blood! One meter of a trench is better than one meter of a grave!
    1. Pinkie F.
      Pinkie F. 2 June 2016 22: 26
      0
      Quote: kalibr
      But success in an integrated approach!

      well, so you didn’t quote in full:
      Quote: Pinky F.
      Yes, Monti has taken a whole range of measures to disorient Rommel

      Bertram, of course, played a role and, perhaps, hmm .., considerable, but twofold superiority is still more important, I think. The role of Bertram was regularly exaggerated by the British both during and after WWII. At least, Alexandra, I think, was crushed by a toad that the raped DAK was still able, dying, to smack the allies in the wort, despite all the fatalities of the situation.
      1. kalibr
        2 June 2016 22: 35
        0
        Well, this is not a dissertation, but a popular article.
  13. Donlomakin
    Donlomakin 2 June 2016 15: 51
    +3
    There was an interesting case during WWII. In Holland, the Germans built a mock airfield. The British somehow figured it out. They carried out an air raid and dropped only one bomb. Wooden. Realizing that they were declassified. The Germans secretly replaced wooden planes with real ones. The British bombed it, and dropped the note "Much better now!"
    1. Mikado
      Mikado 2 June 2016 18: 45
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      Quote: Donlomakin
      The Germans secretly replaced wooden planes with real ones. The British bombed it, and dropped the note "Much better now!"

      I heard about the wooden bomb, but not about continuation))

      To the author: Vyacheslav Olegovich, as usual, thanks!
      Pinky F: thanks for the posted photos.
      It was interesting to read both the article and the discussion. Pleased. Respectfully to all, hi
  14. xomaNN
    xomaNN 4 June 2016 18: 59
    0
    Funny disguise! And after all, they achieved the result - the enemy was misled tongue
  15. Grandadmiral
    Grandadmiral 25 May 2017 09: 56
    0
    Very interesting and informative. Thanks to the author!
  16. oreh72
    oreh72 7 June 2017 19: 02
    0
    Thanks to the author for an interesting article! I learned about some things for the first time, especially the elephants were amazed!