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  1. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Adam,

    If I recall correctly the German SdKfz 251 Halftrack suffered lubrication problems with the track connections and bearings.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    With his dismal combat record, Dietrich should have been busted down to Corporal or made to serve years on a soap opera. :lol:


    Here he comes again! :)

    In about twenty more seconds the Rat Patrol will toss a hand grenade down the hatch while standing up in a jeep bouncing over the desert at 50 miles an hour.
     

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  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    I've always like these, the Steyr RSO-1

    I think the Germans eventually mounted 75mm guns on them and sent them out against the Russians, poor things. :(
     

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  4. Orwell1984

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  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Much as I too like RSOs ($32.5k-$39k from all good military museums), they're not really halftracks are they...

    ...Or are they similar... sort of?
    Quite simple/simplified tracked machines, produced to accompany armies in the roughest of ground. Maybe some analogy there with 'Halftracks with the steering wheels removed' - and some postwar RSO developments had wheels added to become the RS1500 Forest tractor:
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    Though I suspect the SdKfz.4 series mules and SWS are more appropriate for a halftrack thread when thinking of the Eastern Front, and what would now be termed 'Urgent Operational Requirements'.

    SdKfz.4 being essentially Carden Loyd running gear with some wheels added (in most of it's variants).

    And the mother of all SWS sites is linked here: WW2Talk - Schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper. (Good to see it's still up & running - schwerer Wehrmacht Schleper sWS)
     
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  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Much as I too like RSOs ($32.5k-$39k from all good military museums), they're not really halftracks are they...

    And the mother of all SWS sites is linked here: WW2Talk - Schwere Wehrmacht Schlepper. (Good to see it's still up & running - schwerer Wehrmacht Schleper sWS)

    You're right of course. I realized that after I posted it, but they look so 'half tracky' with their truck cabs.

    Nice links.

    Thanks
     
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  9. Orwell1984

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  11. von Poop

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    Interesting Morris, FWD, and Burford Halftracks:
    JRC-1138 (moif's primary blog): Interesting half-tracks
    Don't think I've seen them before.

    Ah, some from IWM:
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    And a search for Kegresse turns up a few more apparently British trials with a couple of distinctly French vehicles:

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    BRITISH MILITARY VEHICLES 1918-1939. © IWM (KID 1443)IWM Non Commercial Licence
    (That MoS 'Kidbrooke Collection' on IWM is great stuff if Interwar British Vehicular strangeness floats your boat.)

    Now getting a sneaking suspicion we have looked at these before.
    Hmmm.
    Are they in Fletcher's 'Moving The Guns'? Can't find my copy.


    And a nice little CMV article from Pat Ware:
    NEITHER FISH NOR FOWL...
    A 'Softskin mobility Cul-de-sac' indeed.
     
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  13. Orwell1984

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  14. von Poop

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    There were a fair few variants of those fairly simple 'tyre-looped' (better term needed...) tracks on lorries of the 20's & 30s - been meaning to have a bit of a Google.
    The earliest German effort that inspired their whole line of Halftracks was on something similar (I forget it's name - book's downstairs :unsure: ).

    Went looking for more Articulated halftracks. Mostly modern agricultural/forestry examples, but a bit more unarticulated British strangeness turned up.
    Armoured Burford concept (presumably), from 'Tanks!':
    The other armored vehicles of Great Britain

    GB-BurfordHalftrackAA-IonFonosch_zps0d6d39e6.jpg

    Edit:
    And Russian Wiki page on the above:
    Google Translate
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  15. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Camp Borden 1940

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  16. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    So many great pictures on this thread.

    Thanks all.

    Keep them coming.:)
     
  17. Dave55

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    Saw this one on the Packard wiki entry:

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    "A 1916 Packard Twin-6 touring car equipped with Kegresse trackbelonging to the Tsar of Russia (1917)"

    Packard - Wikipedia
     
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  18. von Poop

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    Nice nudge, Dave.
    Fixed a load of pictures previously lost to ph+to#ucket. Good to get all those Halftrack Fire Engines back in place.

    Wonder what the story was with the articulated jobby:
     
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  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    That's a great picture. I didn't notice the pump before. I guess they had a PTO for the winch and it is powered off of that? I bet that tanker trailer is probably way over both the tow rating and the rear spring rating
     

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