but if there are any actual historical examples of it happening, I’d like to hear them.
Fair enough. As i recall one was an American tank (maybe Op Cobra) and the other German on eastern front (i recall reading very clearly. A hit set of a flare inside the tank and the crew thought it was a fire and bailed out for 10 minutes or so and hid in a nearby ditch, remounted when they realized it wasn’t a fire). I’ll do a little dig of my books and see which they were for ya.
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