Looking overseas, the United States in 1917, too, wanted to take part in the general merriment. But here came the problem. Rumored to be in the military fashion now there were some things on the tracks. And they decided do tank.
The military looked as if made by a good company, "Holt" (it was actually a tractor produced), and something they vaguely made me think. We decided to try on.
Two bankers and one general went further — a tank burning flamethrower. The engine, however, the steam, but it's even better Well, is not it? No one has such a tank is not, and we will! Again, not much.
Upstairs realized that if things continue, we will have to fight a war without their own tanks. Jointly by the U.S. and Britain gave birth to the project languid Tank Mk VIII «Liberty» aka "The International" (on him for something breaks everyday tank "Renault", however, also a South American). Really want to do it internationally — in France, getting the engines from the United States, and armor and weapon — from the UK. Over 40 tons, 8 km / h, two guns, five machine guns. All you need for happiness.
Henry Ford decided that he is no worse than any other. And he made a double tankThree tons, the cannon or machine gun, two engines from the "Ford" same model "T". Military delighted, ordered fifteen thousand pieces. And fifteen pieces delivered, but here the order for fifteen thousand canceled — war ended. Perhaps Ford was very upset.
The British managed to shove inside "amphibious tank» Mk IX, who is also the first armored personnel carriers, as many as 30 (or more) people. Standing. In what condition they might be in a fight, and if normal, then the tank heat, exhaust fumes and shaking led to a state malosovmestimymi a meaningful life — the science is unclear. Those Marines who are still transported to other tanks, it was bad.
The French, too, were not born yesterday. And we decided that a heavy tank FCM with 105-mm howitzer they do not need. A need … supercarrier tank. Char 2C, 70 tons, 50 mm armor, electric transmission and twelve people inside. While inventing, to wage war was not with anyone. But the 10 cars in 1919 were to do so.
Tanks — this is fine, but it would be good to have also other machines.
By 1917, chose the standard model (that could do all intrigued by the company) three-ton truck "Liberty» B. Nine-something thousand had do, cut the rest.
Seven-ton trucks were carrying even the then relaxed light tanks ("Renault"), while in the back.
All-wheel drive truck 474 Militor brutally tested in the mountains in August 1918, but the war did not have time to send.
Grim Teutonic genius, too, decided to show off. But what? All-wheel drive trucks Daimler has made since 1908. And make's us polugusenichnik. Entitled Marienvagen (somehow did not like the gloomy genius, or is it — Maschinengewehrkraftwagen Sd.Kfz.13).
"I was surprised," — slyly smiled and showed the Yankees … eight-propelled howitzer based on the "Caterpillar". And there were heavier. But worse — is unlikely.
Those who did not get any tanks or self-propelled guns, no trucks, handed to the creation of Ivan Moiseevich Browning — BAR (at the end of September 1918, even a little time to do some fighting, fighters praised).
Well, either Schmeisser (MP18, a real "Schmeisser") — as you're lucky. Familiar helmet, is not it?
Or even the first Tommy Ghana, it is a little bit not had time in the trenches (and why should they be prepared).
But we have forgotten about the air!
But the British, who really got the "Zeppelin" and the rest of the German Flying, drop bombs right up to a ton (the one on the right) are not forgotten.
And did the British "Handley Page» V/1500 — three and a half tons of bombs, range two thousand kilometers. For comparison — the magic of 1914, "Ilya Muromets" by 1917 except for machine guns and a payload of bombs put up to 10-20 times less so. Three cars were completely ready to fly directly to Berlin, but you would not believe — again, the war was over. This war. But there were others. And to them that have been tried many ideas that do not have time to play around then.