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What Am I for Saturday 9/25/10

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Friday, September 24, 2010 4:30 PM
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Jeff Lakaszcyck
 Posted Friday, September 24, 2010 4:30 PM
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You won't see many of these.  Emblem removed. Photo from the Life Magazine Collection.



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DUPLEX, 1936 model, 2 ton, last 2 ton in the army's inventory

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 Posted Saturday, September 25, 2010 3:06 PM
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Hmmm, 130 views but only 2 replies. This one threw most of you for a loop, but Don MacKenzie and John Gott both cracked open their Crismon books (U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles, the bible of military trucks by the late Fred Crismon) and both are right. This truck is a 1936 Duplex 2 ton 4x2, used by the U.S. Army as a searchlight carrier. The large carrier behind the truck was the base, and the large searchlights were hauled in the truck. The searchlights were so big that only one could be carried in each truck. These photos are from the Life Magazine Collection and were taken in 1939.







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I need to correct a few things from my last post about how all the equipment worked. The searchlights stayed on their dollys and were operated from the dolly. The equipment towed behind the trucks was some kind of listening device to detect incoming enemy aircraft. This was before just before radar was widely used. Here are some more photos that will explain all this a little better.





 


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 Posted Saturday, September 25, 2010 3:49 PM
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Here are some of the listening device. This looks like something out of those sci-fi movies from the '50's LOL.









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Technology, 1936.

One little fire cracker, and you could pop that poor devils eyes right out of his head. LOL


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Wow that is really interesting, I wonder what a low flying bomber would sound like through that device...  Imagine having that search light setup as a motion light in your yard, don't scare the crooks, just blind them!

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