Military Vehicles, Good and Not So Good

Oct 2016
928
Merryland
#77
Tracks give cross country mobility, wheels give speed and fuel efficiency. Christie came up with the idea of taking the tracks off and using a chain to connect the rear drive wheel to a road wheel.
Having separate tracks tracks and wheels was a more complex solution but it meant the driver could switch between the two methods without leaving his seat. It was a common experimental idea of the time.
The most practical user of it was the Austrians with the Saurer RR7 who ended up building 140 of them that were taken into Wehrmacht service.
Saurer RR-7. hope it had air conditioning Saurer RR-7.jpg
 

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Ad Honorem
Jan 2011
8,243
South of the barcodes
#79
View attachment 12145 The American Humvee --- ineffective. Why?

Not in effective, just asked to do jobs it wasnt designed to do!

In the armoured version the mileage is terrible, its also heavy wearing on axles and suspension so its a mechanics nightmare.

Its also badly fitted out for men wearing body armour so its uncomfortable to ride in. Either the vehicle or the armour needs to change.

If the turret is added it raises the centre of gravity so the vehicle is likely to roll over. If it rolls the gunner cant always escape because of his body armour, then the turret comes loose and bisects him.

Before the advent of roof gunners the usual method was to remove the rear cargo door and have a guy sitting in it aiming backwards. that was uncomfortable and lonely.

When it was first released it was too wide for American cargo planes, so their rapid reaction forces had to buy Land Rovers.

Theres a long list.
 
Dec 2017
309
Poland
#80
Not in effective, just asked to do jobs it wasnt designed to do!

In the armoured version the mileage is terrible, its also heavy wearing on axles and suspension so its a mechanics nightmare.

Its also badly fitted out for men wearing body armour so its uncomfortable to ride in. Either the vehicle or the armour needs to change.

If the turret is added it raises the centre of gravity so the vehicle is likely to roll over. If it rolls the gunner cant always escape because of his body armour, then the turret comes loose and bisects him.

Before the advent of roof gunners the usual method was to remove the rear cargo door and have a guy sitting in it aiming backwards. that was uncomfortable and lonely.

When it was first released it was too wide for American cargo planes, so their rapid reaction forces had to buy Land Rovers.

Theres a long list.
Interesting thing! Why did NATO use "improvised" armored cars in military operations in the Middle East? In the 40's and 50's, good 6x6 military armored trucks were created. They were designed from the beginning to carry heavy armor and heavy weapons. Paradoxically, such vehicles were in museums, and soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan had worse, weaker vehicles.
 

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