Field construction can be accomplished from any local or
salvage material that is available and suitable. This may include salvage
tenting, empty crates, boxes, stacked supplies, and parts of wrecked items
of equipment that may be partially camouflaged to resemble a camouflaged
piece of real equipment (Figure 1-37).
4. Dummies are imitations of actual objects or installations usually
composed of dummy weapons, emplacements, vehicles, and equipment. They are
designed to simulate real activity and to draw fire away from camouflaged or
5. Decoys are located in logical military positions but far enough from
actual targets to prevent fire directed against them from hitting the real
6. Dummies are decoys representing bridges, supply dumps, railheads,
airfields, industrial plants, POL tank farms, etc., may be located several
miles from the real targets.
Those representing tanks, artillery pieces,
AAA batteries, self-propelled guns may be located several hundred meters
from actual positions. They may be constructed from brush, trees, earth, or
any available materials. Normally, dummy setups include logs sticking out
to simulate artillery pieces, aircraft images painted on the ground,
obsolete or unserviceable equipment and any other device the enemy may be
dreaming up. Dummies and decoys are usually constructed so as to be easily
detected; e.g., there is a lack of track activity, a distinct pattern of
weapon emplacements without the usual auxiliary buildings, the absence of
missile transporter vehicles at a missile site, the absence of foxholes,
trenches, AAA positions, barbed wire and other defenses normally found in a
typical enemy activity pattern.
Further, sizes of objects or equipment
differ to the actual sizes.
Additionally, AAA positions may be set up in
the open near natural cover which would normally be used for concealment.
These may be decoys laid out for detection.