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BWilson

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Successor to the 40 and 8 ?
Posted on: 4/12/2017 2:38:08 PM
 A vehicle I experienced during the 1980s was one I only saw on military training installations -- the "cattle car". It was a long trailer pulled by a tractor. The trailer could hold some fifty soldiers with their rucksacks, rifles, and other tactical gear.

 I was surprised to see a version of this vehicle in service during the Vietnam War (in theater):



 The concept makes sense on a training installation. It is likely less costly to run the tractor-trailer than operate true tactical trucks when the job is to move recruits from the barracks to a training site. I can imagine the troops in Vietnam felt a bit exposed in such a vehicle, though.

Cheers

BW
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George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Re: Successor to the 40 and 8 ?
Posted on: 4/12/2017 2:47:41 PM
Were the boys leaving Duffy's Tavern or just arriving?

What are they sitting on BTW? Almost looks like wooden picnic tables.

BWilson

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Re: Successor to the 40 and 8 ?
Posted on: 4/12/2017 3:18:13 PM
George,

 Close to picnic tables. Benches that could be folded down. Personal space was at a minimum; kind of like flying economy these days Much like flying economy, one ignored the physical space limitation. It was either that one was seated beside an acquaintance to chat with, or one sat within a psychological barrier to battle the sense of not having enough personal space.

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BW
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brian grafton
Victoria, BC, Canada
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Re: Successor to the 40 and 8 ?
Posted on: 4/15/2017 7:19:11 PM
Bill, on a serious note I had thought the 40/8 of WW1 notoriety was anything but a military tradition worth continuing.

The British, of course, during WW2, went out of their way to provide privacy and time for contemplation when troops wanted to move. They called the vehicles "bicycles", and let tens of thousands of air crew loose between pub and base.

Would I want to go anywhere on that contraption you depict? Just home... .

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Brian G
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