Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954

Rubber, wooden and even cane tanks were actively used during the war to cheat the enemy. Simulation of military machinery could decide a battle.

Such simulation was launched on Western Front in 1916 and then tanks could decide the battle just by their existence on the battlefield. They sent German soldiers into a spin. As a result, the commanders developed methods of bluffing enemies confusing them in terms of military units location and quantity.

Back in the World War I allies built wooden tank simulations, transported by horses and used to turn away the blow from the real machinery. Some time passed and German army followed such tactics too. After the war simulations were used in army maneuvers.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1918. German cane-made tank simulation

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1925. German soldiers push few tank simulations

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1928 . German cardboard tanks during army maneuvers

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1926. German tank simulation.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1931. German soldier pushes tank simulation

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1931. German soldiers take parts of artificial tank to attach to machine

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1931. German tank simulation.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1932. German soldiers hold army maneuvers with tank simulation

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
September 1932. German army transport tank simulation by ferry via Oder River during maneuvers

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
October 21 1932. German tank simulation near Reichstag

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1939 Soldiers carry inflatable rubber tank in England

Tank simulation was actively used during the WWII too. They played an important role in cheating enemies. Rubber tanks were used by secret squard of US army. Japanese army also created tank simulation from wooden and other materials (even from volcano sands of Iwo Jima).
Such tanks are still in use. US army has developed inflatable rubber tank that sheds heat like the real machine. It is like a kit bag in size when assembled.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
About 1940. British soldiers inflate rubber tank.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1944. US soldiers examine wooden German tank on truck foundation in France.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
November 22, 1944. US soldier test German tank simulation in France

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1945. US marine take off wooden board from Japanese tank simulation on Okinawa.

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1945. US soldier look inside wooden German tank near Köln

Rubber tanks: tricks with average weight machinery. Photos 1918-1954
1954. British soldiers with inflated rubber tank during maneuvers in Salisbury.
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