In that thread, a couple of fellow virtual tankers pointed out that in Soviet tanks the smoke grenades are thrown so forward (compared to their Western counterparts) in order to assist in the offensive. Just after the preparatory artillery barrage, the T-72s emerge from cover and dash towards the enemy, throwing smoke forward to gain a couple of hundred meters of closing ...
I had the opportunity to command a company of T-72M1s in a hasty attack against a town defended by a company of Bradley M2s IFVs. Smoke served us well ...
I was in command of the advance guard company of a tank battalion. We were to remove a small bump in the road so the battalion could keep its advance towards its objective. A company of Bradley M2A2 IFVs was about to start its defense preparations within a town in our path.
|1st platoon moving up, seconds before deploying into combat formation.|
|The last push forward. 1st platoon closes into the town immediately after the indirect fire mission is over. Note how they are using smoke to cover their advance (white clouds in front of the tanks).|
We started moving in bounds, parallel to the axis of the town, with my commander tank in the lead. More indirect fire missions were called on the suspected enemy positions.
|That artillery fire (grey smoke) definitively didn't help to find out the remaining enemy vehicles. Here is one target as seen from my tank. I'm unbuttoned and looking through the binoculars.|