Dummy kit

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  1. handtohand22

    handtohand22 Senior Member

    Jasper Maskelyne was the main planner and designer of the deception in the desert.
    He set up dummy pipelines, ammo dumps and railheads to misdirect the Axis forces.

    Attached are two of his ideas in action. The dummy railhead and the dummy Bofors. While the dummy Bofors was set up the real McCoy was out in the Western Desert on a Jock Patrol.
     

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  2. Owen

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  5. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    These deception plans always amaze me. Just been watching one on UKTV history about D-Day. It said that part of it was to train troops in Scotland for the (false) invasion of Norway. Apparantly these troops actually thought they were part of the invasion force. Dunno about you but I'd be pretty upset about that.
     
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  6. Owen

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  7. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    It wasn't only us.. though these were presumably used for training rather than deception.
     

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  8. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    There is this strange fella too, from Bart Vandeveen's 'The Observer's Fighting Vehicles Directory WWII'. A dummy Kubelwagen based on a Jeep for covert operations in the western desert 1942. Driven from the back seat with a dummy propped up in front. Bizarre.
     

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  9. Owen

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    Cheers Bod, some little gems there.
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    More from IWM collections:

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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORMANDY 1944
    German dummy tank turrets and anti-tank guns found in a farmyard on the road to Livarot, 21 August 1944.

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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA 1942
    A dummy Stuart tank being assembled in the Western Desert, 3 April 1942.

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    THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA 1942
    Troops carrying a dummy Stuart tank, 3 April 1942.

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    DUMMY VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT USED FOR DECEPTION DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
    Dummy landing craft used as decoys in south-eastern harbours in the period before D-Day.

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    DUMMY VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT USED FOR DECEPTION DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
    Dummy DUKW of rigid construction.

    And a different kind of deception:
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    THE OCCUPATION AND LIBERATION OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS 1940-1945
    Guernsey: No 1 Gun of the Mirus Gun Battery, camouflaged by a dummy cottage. The battery was constructed in 1941-1942 near Guernsey aerodrome during fortification of the islands.
     
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  11. Owen

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    From History of Fourth Indian Division regarding an attack on Maktila Camp, near Sidi Barrani December 1940 ,page 14.

    It is perhaps worth noting that for the first time in Western Desert Selby Force employed the useful device of dummy tanks.
     
  12. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Another dummy trainer from jerry.. known as Panzer-Attrappe or Nachbildung. This one is based on an Opel P4 from about 1937-38. They also produced versions on Dixi, Adler and VW K├╝bel chassis.

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  13. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    It started early.. here are a couple of WW1 dummies

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  14. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Another shot of that dummy 'Honey'

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  15. Owen

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    Dummy tanks could confuse their own side aswell as the enemy.
    During Operation Crusader in November '41, 5th Indian Brigade were moving to Sidi Azeiz when an air-report of a large tank force on their flank caused concern.
    Major Sykes of 57 LAA Regt was sent to investigate. A very large concentration of armour was seen, which would have been extremely worrying except on closer reconnaissance the armoured force was found to be British dummy tanks whose whereabouts had been forgotten.
     
  16. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Easily my favourite panzer-attrappe, so far.

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  17. Owen

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    It wasn't just dummy vehicles that were used.
    Fourth Indian Division use dthem in the month before Alamein,from their history page 189.

    In his customary fashion the Divsional Commander was experimenting .
    He got a great deal of pleasure out of the dummy figures which sentries in the forward defensive lines pulled up and down.
    As he put it,
    " We keep the Italians amused in the moonlight. The Ities are then smoked so they don't know how many are coming at them. They are raided elsewhere. The next day the dummies are pulled up for them to look at so that they know that they are dummies.
    The next night they are attacked where the dummies were shown the night before."
     
  18. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Great photos Bodston,

    I just love the Kubel Jeep!

    Tom
     
  19. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!

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  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    No idea where I got this one from, or if it's a model:
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