Military Transport

Military Transport

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...be required to load an artillery train. Artillery, Engineer train, and Transport train, besides having to entrain horses and men, have a varied quantity of materiel to load on the train, hence the operation of entraining cannot but be long. All the Artillery trains, with the exception of the ammunition reserve, are classed as " A " trains. In the end-loading system some kind of portable ramp is necessary to allow the horses, guns, and wagons to detrain on any part of the line if required; the most simple will be undoubtedly found the best for service. An inclined plane made of four rails supporting sleepers placed traversely and bound with ropes, with a little earth or grass thrown over them to give a foot-hold for the horses, was found in India to answer well. The rails were discarded, only the sleepers covered with earth and grass being used, and this simple ramp was even found to answer for all purposes. In this latter case the lower ends of the sleepers were made to rest against stout pegs driven firmly into the ground. Whether the side-loading or end-loading system is employed, Cavalry and Artillery trains should always have some portable ramps or other substitute to permit of their detraining on the open line, independent of platforms. The French have one constructed partly of iron and partly of wood, which can be used for side and endr loading equally. The simpler the ramp is the better, for anything complicated is to be avoided. For entraining the men and horses of the Engineer and Transport trains, the same steps are taken as for the Artillery, low-sided trucks, which, according to their dimensions, can take one or two carriages, are the most convenient description of rolling-stock for their materiel. The entraining of this may...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565150
  • 9781236565150