"Report on the use of smokescreen by the 31st Tank Corps in January of 1945
A. Preparation of tank and SPG crews to use neutral smokescreens in battle
Strong attention to the use of smokescreens was paid during training of all types of forces in the corps. Personnel of tanks, SPGs, and motorized rifle units was taught the rules of using smoke equipment and its tactical-technical data.
The following topics were practices during tactical training exercises held in November-December 1944:
- The use of the RDG and DSh smoke bombs by a single tank or SPG to conceal its maneuver in combat.
- The use of smoke launchers by infantry and tanks to signal aircraft.
- Deployment of a tank battalion under the cover of a smokescreen set by an advance force.
- Attack by a tank battalion through a corridor in the smokescreen created by MDSh bombs lit by flanking tanks as cover from anti-tank gun fire.
- Concealing anti-tank obstacles in front of a defending rifle battalion with smoke to make crossing them more difficult.
- The use of smokescreens extends a tank's lifespan on the battlefield.
- Despite a widespread use of smoke bombs in training, the use of smoke in battle is not yet widespread.