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CHAPTER VII. WEAPONS
Section IX. OTHER WEAPONS
1. Remote Controlled Demolition Vehicles
a. GENERAL. Three main types of remote controlled demolition vehicles in
use by the German army have been identified. These are the Goliath which is
line controlled, the
b. GOLIATH. (1) General description. This vehicle has been produced in two models; one driven by a gasoline engine; the other by an electric motor. The two models have roughly the same external appearance and resemble miniature versions of the type of tanks used during the war of 1914-1918. The Goliath's hull is divided into three compartments by transverse bulkheads. The explosive charge is carried in the front compartment; the engine (in the gasoline driven version) and control gear are in the center, and the drum carrying the coiled cable is in the rear compartment. In the electrically driven model, a battery and motor are carried in sponsons on both sides. Hinged steel covers give access to the cable compartment and the engine space. The vehicle is driven by front sprockets. There are four bogie wheels, mounted on lever arms with simple coil springing, and a rear idler. A small jockey wheel is mounted between the driving sprocket and the first bogie wheel on each side.
(3) Operation. The Goliath is transported to the front line on a two-wheeled trailer. After it has been unloaded from the trailer and started toward its target it is controlled through the three-core cable, about 2,000 feet long, which unwinds from the rear and is connected to the operator's control panel. In the electrically driven type, this control is direct to the motors which drive each track individually. In the gasoline-driven model, the control operates magnetic clutches which control the tracks. There is no provision for reversing the vehicle. The charge is fired by a dry cell battery in the control unit. Firing is initiated by throwing a switch on the control panel; the firing circuit runs through the two outer wires in the three-core cable. The Goliath is expendable and is destroyed when its demolition charge is set off.
c. B-IV. (1) General description. This radio-controlled demolition
vehicle, larger than the Goliath, also has been generally unsuccessful. The
hull of the
(3) Operation. The
d. N.S.U.-Springer. (1) General description. This vehicle has
not been enconntered in action, but it is known to be a remotely controlled
demolition vehicle of intermediate size. Lightly armored, it probably is no
less vulnerable to attack than the Goliath or
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