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The History of Half-tracks, by the Chieftain - WW2 Documentary Special

World War Two2024-05-02
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The history and development of half-tracks from the 1890s to World War II, including designs by Kegresse, Linn, and Virgil White. The US and German half-tracks in WWII, focusing on simplicity and capability respectively. German half-tracks had heavy-duty tracks and specialized models for different roles. The importance of half-tracks in German military operations, including the Schwerer Wehrmachtsschlepper and Maultier. The decline of half-tracks post-WWII, with Czechoslovakia as a notable producer, and the transition to full-track vehicles.

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The history of half-tracks dates back to the late 19th century with Lombard log haulers and Adolphe Kegresse's rubber track design.
Adolphe Kegresse's system became the most common type used in combat vehicles like the Austin-Putilov armored car.
H. H. Linn also played a role in popularizing half-track designs in the early 1900s.
Citroen-Kegresse half-tracks were successful in various European armies during WW2.
In the US, Virgil White invented the Snowmobile, leading to the development of the T1 half-track armed with a Cadillac V8 engine.
Development of US half-tracks in WW2.
US half-tracks, starting with the T5, were based on a simple truck design with good traction and steering capabilities, allowing for mass production.
The vehicles were used for different roles like mortar carriers and anti-aircraft vehicles.
Germans focused on specialized half-tracks tailored for specific uses, with longer track lengths and Schactellaufwerk suspension for a smooth ride.
German half-tracks in World War II.
German half-tracks had heavy-duty tracks with individual links for traction, lower running resistance than American tracks.
They featured a track steering system for improved maneuverability, but added complexity and cost.
Different models were developed for artillery hauling, anti-aircraft defense, and tank recovery.
Armored half-tracks had good armor protection but were limited in supply, showcasing versatility and importance in German military operations.
Discussion on the development and use of German half-tracks during World War II.
The Maultier was specifically designed for the Eastern Front and over 22,000 vehicles were produced.
The SdKfz 2, also known as kettenkrad, was a motorcycle half-track that gained popularity after the war.
Japanese developed their Type 1 Ho-Ha half-track influenced by German designs.
Despite over 100,000 half-tracks being used in WWII, the design fell out of favor post-war, with Czechoslovakia being a notable producer.