theCryptofishist wrote:Mud is one very good reason not to invade Russia.
unjonharley wrote:The ww2 jeeps were real mudders.. The amazing thing is. The drive axel is only the size of a quarter in diameter..
unjonharley wrote:My grandmother went from UT to St Lewis in a surry over corduroy road..when she was nine years old..
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^Rhino! wrote:unjonharley wrote:The ww2 jeeps were real mudders.. The amazing thing is. The drive axel is only the size of a quarter in diameter..
Another good call, also in the book. There are interesting pictures of the multiple uses, both optional and home-made by the troops, of the jeep being used as a 'multipurpose engineering vehicle'. If you bolted a wooden door to the front bumper and went in reverse, the jeep could actually be used to smooth out some of the roads.
One huge improvement to mobility started in the Civil War, where trees were split and placed end to end on a road creating what was and is still called a 'corduroy road'. In the Civil War, Infantry brigades of pioneers were employed in building corduroy roads so that heavy artillery and other wagons in a train could be brought forward. Later on, planks of hardwood trees were used for what became known as 'plank roads'. Potholes have always been the bane of the road builder, ranging from the tire-rattler to the full size muskeg that had to be filled on the Alcan Highway.
And of course, building the Burma Road in WWII to supply the CBI theater was a huge undertaking considering monsoon season.
goathead wrote:this thread.
theCryptofishist wrote:What do you read for?
I don't mean it in the way that the answer would be "escape". I mean, what draws you to certain books? What questions do you want answers for? I read for some sort of understanding. I read science for understanding of the world, and history for understanding of humans and novels for understanding of human minds and hearts.
But maybe everybody reads for understanding and I'm being trite again.
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