Have the British army ever used half tracks ?
The British use of helf tracks is very limited.
First used in early WW2 the Schofield tank was only a training vehicle. Originaly designed as a tracked vehicle but the wheels were added to aid novice tank drivers in steering the vehicle. After initial trials the tank was shipped of to New Zealand and all British use ceased.
The Crossley BGV truck came in 1925 and was used right up until the outbreak of WW2.
The Burford, designed in the late 30's and used only for a short time in WW2 was outdated before it saw service and was quickly scrapped by the British Army, however, the Home guard used a few of them well into 1941.
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Thanks chocks . The BGV is like the German ones you see in films
Whilst searching for a good picture of a german half track I came across another British Half track which I didn't know existed.
It's a British Holt 75 gas powered Catapillar Half Track of 1914.
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I can't see the point in having that one wheel. surely that didn't steer it?
Talking of strange, here's a couple that I wouldn't have wanted to drive.
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This one is a "Killen Strait Tractor" designed in 1915 to drive up to barbed wire and cut it. More of a killin' machine if you ask me. I should imagine life expectancy on this was zero. You'd have had to be a lunatic to sit on that and drive out between the trenches.
One of "Hobart's Funnies" the Praying Mantis was designed in 1942 for the Home Guard. One man lay down (I believe a two man version was also designed) in the centre section, drove up to a wall, raised the arms and fired the mounted Bren Gun over the wall.
How he knew what was on the other side of the wall or how the guns were aimed is beyond me. The idea was scrapped in 1943.
I think this is a scout car. I had one as a Dinky toy. It was one of my favourite toys
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My all time favourite military vehicle... I think I'm correct in saying is, the Bedford RL.
I've traveled a few miles in the back of one these in my army cadet days
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