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Ivo Skoric: NATO bombed dummy tanks, bridges, etc. -- !?!

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From: Geert Lovink <>
Subject: NATO bombed dummy tanks, bridges, etc. -- !?! 

From: Ivo Skoric <>

More about the victory... (besides I just had a talk with a woman who came
from Serbia after the bombing stopped: she says that she is puzzled with
the fact that NATO destroyed only old barracks and bases living the newest
one intact... - this puts a new spin on the war, doesn't it?)

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London Times -- June 24 1999 BALKANS 

Nato dropped thousands of bombs on dummy roads, bridges and soldiers ...
and hit only 13 real Serb tanks


NATO'S 79-day bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, which involved
thousands of sorties and some of the most sophisticated precision weapons,
succeeded in damaging only 13 of the Serbs' 300 battle tanks in Kosovo,
despite alliance claims of large-scale destruction of Belgrade's heavy

With Nato's Kosovo Force (Kfor) now spread out into every area of the
province, troops from all the different nationalities taking part in the
peacekeeping operation have been searching for destroyed or damaged tanks
and artillery. They have, so far, come across only three crippled tanks. 

During the air campaign, elaborate claims were made by Nato officials that
hundreds of Serb tanks, artillery pieces, mortars and armoured personnel
carriers had been struck. It was also suggested this was one of the main
reasons why President Milosevic decided to cave in and agree to a
ceasefire and the deployment of a large international peace-keeping force
in Kosovo. Now some Nato officials are baffled about why he did surrender. 

It was claimed that up to 60 per cent of Serb artillery and mortar pieces
had been hit and about 40 per cent of the Yugoslav Army's main battle
tanks had been damaged or destroyed. There were even reports of an attack
by B52 bombers on a Serb brigade which was drawn out into the open by
Kosovo Liberation Army fighters, leading to the death of up to 700 Serb

However, before the Serbs finally withdrew three days ago, they informed
Kfor that Nato had managed to hit 13 of the 300 or so tanks that they had
deployed in Kosovo - most of which have been remove d from the province on

Kfor troops have found just three damaged T55 tanks left behind in Kosovo.
"What we have found is a huge number of dummy tanks and artillery," one
Kfor source said. 

The Yugoslav Army used well-practised Russian camouflage techniques which
involved placing dummies around the countryside, some of them next to
dummy bridges with strips of black plastic sheeting ac ross fields as fake
roads to delude Nato bombers into thinking they had a prime target to hit.
"Whe n you're travelling at 500mph at 15,000ft, it is easy to be fooled,"
another Kfor source said. 

When the Serbs finally withdrew from the province, at least 250 tanks were
counted out, as well as 450 armoured personnel carriers and 600 artillery
and mortar pieces. 

Travelling around Kosovo, one sees many destroyed army barracks, state
police buildings and oil ter minals, firm evidence that the Nato bombers
were successful in hitting these prime targets. However , apart from the
wrecks of a few trucks left behind by the Serbs, it is virtually
impossible to spo t a destroyed tank.