While going through a cycle at the U.S. Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, in the mid-1980s, I was surprised by how far the sound of generators carried in the night Mohave wind. The wind dramatically affects sound waves, making distant sounds seem close if it's blowing toward you, or deceptively lessening them when it carries them away from you.
When conditions are just right, you can even hear distant human voices or coughing that not only indicate the enemy's location but tell you how alert or lax he is.
A novel Soviet army technique from World War II was to lay a board on the ground and place an ear against it to hear distant vehicles, somewhat like listening to a railroad rail. This was especially effective near hard-surfaced roads and bridges or frozen ground.
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