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(Login brian638) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
Carpet Laying Device
July 29 2012, 6:36 AM
Sean is right the rails are for the Carpet Laying Device as fitted to LVT II/IV. The 79 Armd Div MOD Circular B/23 & B/24 deal with this modification. It was carried out by 2nd/3rd line REME Workshops any craft that was modified had its AB413 (vehicle documents) annotated to record the work.
I had the information in '79th Armoured Division Final Report' there is no mention of any similar work carried out in Italy, this book simply deals with the 79th Div.
I hope this helps
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"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
Page 60 of Vanguard of Victory....David Fletchers book on the history of the 79th A/D shows a very similar arrangement.
Quote....."G Wing which was established on the banks of the Maas dealt with the problems of large scale river crossing. Their most effective device took the form of a carpet of logs connected by wire, which was supported on rails on a Buffalo. The amphibian laid its mat as it climbed ashore on the farther bank and this provided grip for the DD tanks to climb over."
Another photo same page shows trials carried out on the Meuse.