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Great philosophy here. Armed fire engine from WWII.
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BenjaminLiottel
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:56 pm
Post subject: Great philosophy here. Armed fire engine from WWII.

The purpose of a fire department is to put out fires. In WWII, many fires were started by air raids. Well, the best defense is a good offense, so it seems only natural that the best chance for a Fire Engine to put out fires from marauding aircraft would be to shoot the aircraft down first!



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By mounting an anti-aircraft gun on a fire engine, smoke eaters of Boston, Mass., recently demonstrated how their force could cope with an enemy air raid. Now plans are reported to arm a number of other fire trucks similarly and to train gunners with the cooperation of the National Guard. In case the firemen were attacked by low-flying raiders, while putting out a fire started by air bombs, the powerful machine gun would provide an effective defense. Other engines roaring along highways with sirens shrieking would serve as mobile antiaircraft units exclusively, supplementing the work of regular military defense units.


Now that would make one prize winning WWII model! If a fitting WWII era fire engine kit could be suitably modified, I have no doubt it would gain some top honors at model contests.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:07 pm
Post subject: Re: Great philosophy here. Armed fire engine from WWII.

Armor Board, 1973. Alas, no guns....yet. Sad

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:22 am
Post subject: Re: Great philosophy here. Armed fire engine from WWII.

Current fire fighting vehicle is a HEMTT based one called the TFFT or Tactical Fire Fighting Truck. A French modeler made one several years ago.


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