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An interesting Historical 'read'
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:13 pm
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I found an online book that popped up during image search. It sparked my interest.

The Romance of War Inventions by Thomas W. Corbin written in 1918, takes a 'popular mechanics' view of new inventions.

These weird-looking engines are literally moving forts, and are the evolution of a peaceful agricultural machine fitted with 'caterpillar' wheels, that is, a broad band encircles the driving wheels, andso the whole construction moves as it were on its own revolving platform and is thus prevented from sinking into the soft ground. The principle itself is not new, as it was adapted to transport carts during the Crimean War.


This is the 'blurb' below an illustration of a British 'Mark V' with the label "A Tank"

Thought ya'll might find this interesting.

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These weird-looking engines are literally moving forts, and are the evolution of a peaceful agricultural machine fitted with 'caterpillar' wheels, that is, a broad band encircles the driving wheels, and so [b]the whole construction moves as it were on its own revolving platform and is thus prevented from sinking into the soft ground. The principle itself is not new, as it was adapted to transport carts during the Crimean War.[/b]


This is the 'blurb' below an illustration of a British 'Mark V' with the label "A Tank"

Thought ya'll might find this interesting.

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Don


Don,
This is very similar to the way I've always described tracked vehicles to the non-inititated...which is to say that tanks (and other tracked vehicles) basically are wheeled vehicles that lay their own road in front of them while picking it up again at the rear...and at the same time derive their traction from the "circle" formed at some point along the road with a sprocketed wheel.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:25 pm
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Hence the term, "track-laying vehicles".

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:28 pm
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Hence the term, "track-laying vehicles".

KL


'Zactly.

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