Sophisticated trick used during the desert campaign

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  1. GoodGuy

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    A brief report by Allied observers on German artillery tactics in North Africa, from the U.S. War Department publication "Tactical and Technical Trends", No. 31, August 12, 1943:

    "An extremely clever trick was reported to have been turned by a German tank unit upon which a British 25-pounder (88 mm) battery was attempting to adjust. After the first salvo hit at some distance from the tanks, a second was fired which apparently fell wide, and the third salvo went wider; the forward observer was frantic.

    This is what had happened: the German tanks had timed the first salvo from the report to the instant of burst, which can be done with a low-velocity piece such as the 25-pounder, and fired a salvo from their own guns so that their own shells burst on the ground some distance away from the tanks at the same moment when the battery's shells struck. The forward observer was attempting to correct his own fire from German shell bursts."
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