Characteristics of Smoke Screens
In friendly territory, a smoke generator unit can produce three types of smoke screens.
description of these smoke screens and their uses is shown below.
A smoke haze (Figure 12) is used to hinder aerial and ground observation by concealing the
location of friendly units. It does not completely prevent aerial observation. The smoke haze increases
the survivability of friendly forces without blocking visibility of friendly forces to such an extent that the
mission cannot be accomplished. It is produced by smoke generators.
Figure 12. Smoke haze.
A smoke blanket, Figure 13, is used primarily over friendly areas to screen them from enemy
visual observation and hinder enemy aerial observation. The use of a smoke blanket may restrict
movement and activity within the screen, thus hampering operations of friendly troops. The smoke
blanket is also produced by smoke generators. Inversion conditions are favorable for producing smoke
Figure 13. Smoke blanket.