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Cuprum214 May 2021 1:11 a.m. PST

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Issues with reducing visibility of armoured vehicles arose as soon as these vehicles were first used. Like 100 years ago, opposing sides aim to locate enemy vehicles in motion, during stops, and during combat, determine their type and number, and also make the same as difficult as possible for the enemy. It's not easy to conceal a tank from the enemy, especially in winter. Areas covered in snow make dark objects (such as tanks in basic camouflage) very noticeable. How was the issue of camouflaging tanks in winter handled in the Red Army?

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korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2021 6:00 a.m. PST

Very interesting, and some look effective, some not so much….

Grelber14 May 2021 7:16 a.m. PST

I once read a critique of Soviet ski warfare doctrine, the gist of which was that it had been written by somebody back at the war ministry with a warm fire who had no experience with skiing. There are a few things here that read the same way. I suspect following in the previous tank's tread marks at night is not as easy as it might seem, especially if you have to be in place by dawn and are trying to move quickly, for example. Still, it was an interesting read.

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Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2021 7:47 a.m. PST

If nothing else, that's a very handsome paint job!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2021 8:06 a.m. PST

Pretty cool.

Cuprum214 May 2021 8:27 a.m. PST

A significant reappraisal of the ski war happened due to the traumatic experience of the Soviet-Finnish war, when the Finnish skier squads were giving the Red Army very big problems. But what is good in a forest area, where there are practically no roads and there is a huge number of swamps, is unlikely to be as effective in the steppe.

The problem with the movement of tanks at night in single file is solved by installing an ordinary flashlight on the tank in front :-)

A few more ideas for winter camouflage in the Red Army.

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