By Rob Morgan
The armoured car in the photographs is a British-built Fox, taken at the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Barracks here in Wales recently. This afv was introduced in the early ‘70s and withdrawn in the mid-‘90s. Some 200 served with the British army and a number survive in the African armies of Nigeria and Malawi. Armed with a 30mm Rarden cannon, a co-axial 7.62mg, it carried four smoke dischargers each side of the turret. You can see these in better detail in the second photo. I’ve wargamed with modern and WWII afv’s and indeed with armoured vehicles in most of the wars of the 20th century, but I don’t ever recall using smoke dischargers, at least I don’t remember any rules for their use in any of the games I’ve played. Although they turn up on many hulls and turrets, the Fox carries what looks like a veritable battery of them, eight in all, and on a light recce vehicle.
How effective are smoke dischargers? Possibly someone who’s served in an armoured unit will have experience of them. Are they a hangover from days when smoke was more common, hazing the field of combat?
Any thoughts, anyone?