American Military Vehicles of World War I: An Illustrated by Albert Mroz

By Albert Mroz

In international struggle I the yankee motorized vehicle was once established by means of the unexpected visual appeal of substantial shipping demanding situations. The nation's sizeable production services and considerable normal assets mixed with elevated standardization and mass creation to let the to fulfill the military's wishes. motorized vehicles and plane have been fast cemented because the so much influential army instruments of the early 20th century. This ebook either describes the advance and use of quite a lot of really expert motorized vehicles in the course of international battle I and analyzes how their introduction indelibly altered smooth war and transportation.

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A few trainloads of FWD trucks were sabotaged by German sympathizers, who poured sand into the crankcases and transmissions. This came as quite a shock to the American public when the news hit the headlines, and backlash soon followed. As an example, Kissel Kar dropped the “Kar” during World War I because it sounded too German, according to a statement by a company official after the war. Also, in 1918 seven FWD trucks fell into the hands of the enemy when the ship Suchan was captured by the German navy, and another shipment fell victim to German submarine torpedoes.

At that time, the 13th Artillery Regiment of the French Army was equipped with just ten Jeffery-Quad trucks used as tractors. The well-known 75 mm guns were carried on the trucks’ platforms and off-loaded using ramps. Two more regiments were formed in July of 1916 and then April 1917. By 1918, 33 such motorized artillery regiments were organized using 8,600 vehicles and involving 44,000 personnel. It was Jerry De Cou, superintendent at the Jeffery Company, who spearheaded the construction of the armored car on a Jeffery-Quad 4 × 4 chassis.

The company built 3,096 Quads in 1914, but that year was marred by the sudden passing of Thomas Jeffery from a heart attack. His son Charles took over and continued to lead the prosperous enterprise. 30 American Military Vehicles of World War I When Thomas Jeffery died suddenly in 1914, his son Charles began experimenting with armored cars. This was “Armored Car No. 1,” which was finished in 1915. One of the first revolutionary purpose-built vehicles the Jeffery company built for the military would be Armored Car No.

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