Reports have been received that the Germans are experimenting with an amphibious troop
carrier. The particulars given are inconclusive but indicate that the vehicle is somewhat
similar to the American "Roebling Alligator" Amphibious Troop Carrier. Following are
details of this carrier:
|Length|| ||24' 0"|
|Width|| ||10' 0"|
|Height|| ||12' 0"|
|Speed (roads)|| ||20 m.p.h.|
|Engine|| ||Not visible, but believed to be gas rather than Diesel.|
|Track: Type|| ||Flat plates: Plates appeared thin and light in weight.|
|Width of Track || ||10"|
|Estimated Capacity|| ||36 fully equipped troops.|
Two propeller shafts extend through the rear of the body hull. Each shaft is
about 30 inches from the sidewall of the vehicle. Each propeller consists of
two blades, each about 20 inches long. A rudder, about 24 inches high
and 18 inches wide, is attached to the rear of each propeller shaft housing.
The sides of the upper part of the hull extend out over the tracks. The lower
forward section of the hull curves upward at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. The
entire forward section of the hull presents a blunt appearance.
The upper edge of the hull is encircled by a 1 1/2 or 2 inch rope. The
bottom of the hull is a flat surface except for the forward end. Ground clearance is
estimated to be 26 inches. When first observed, this vehicle was making a 180 degree
change in direction, pivoting on the road on one track.
(Issue No. 43, C.S.I., G.H.Q., Middle East, Technical Intelligence Summary.)