Aberdeen Proving Ground - Yearbook (Aberdeen, MD)

 - Class of 1943

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BeTween The American Civil War and The firsT World War many naTions experimenfed wiTh Tracfion engines for miliTary use, buT largely in The field oT TransporT. While The caTerpilIar Tracks were used for farm and indusfrial work in boTh England and The UniTed STaTes, no serious Thoughf appears To have been given To iTs pracfical appIicaTion in warfare. Several aTTempTs were made by German, French, Russian, and American engineers To adapT The sfeam engine for use in a combaT vehicle and IaTer, afTer The developmenT of The gasoline engine, To uTilize iTs passibilifies in armored vehicle design. IT appears, however. ThaT The inerTia of conservaTism wifhin The armed forces plus The opposiTion of public opinion To innovaTions refarded The inTelIigenT developmenf of many new ideas which held forTh possibilities of success. The mosT inTeresTing developmenfs in This counTry were due To The aggressive- ness and foresighf of Colonel R, P. Davidson. Beginning in I898, he designed and experimenTed wiTh many Types of moTor-driven mounTs for machine guns, buT IiTTle supporT was provided for his efforTs. The same was True in oTher naTions, such as Germany, France and England, where many invenfors were meT wiTh cold rebuffs and, in some insTances. ridicule. When Trench warfare became stabilized on The WesTern FronT in I9I4, Mr. WinsTon Churchill, Then FirsT Lord of The AdmiraITy, auThorized The procuremenT of a hundred armored aufomobiles mounTing machine guns for use in proTecTing English air bases in France. The mild-sTeeI plafes firsT used as armor were easily peneTraTed by German bulleTs and armor plafe was Then used. Even aT This IaTe daTe The English War Office again Turned down The suggesfion of a "ca+erpiIIar forT" of a design previously submiTTed by Mr. L. A. de Mole, of AusTraIia, in I9I2. In The fall of I9I4 boTh CapTain T. J. Tulloch, manager of The Chilworfh Powder Company, and Colonel E. O. SwinTon of The BriTish Army became inTeresTed in The idea of a land cruiser capable of peneTraTing The enemy lines Through barbed wire and over Trenches. Their ideas were submiTTed and Turned down repeafedly unTiI The middle of The nexT year. when a ioinT com- miTTee. represenTing The War Office and The AdmiralTy was formed To sTudy The proiecT, IT was noT unTiI January I2. I9I6, ThaT The Tank, laTer known as Big Willie, MoTher, and H. M. L. S. CenTipede, moved under iTs own power. The name "Tank," sTiIl used To describe This Type of combaT vehicle. is repuTed To have sprung from The name "WaTer Carrier for Me-sopoTamia" which was applied To The hull during manufacTure. The firsT appearance of Tanks in combaT occurred on The Somme on SepTember I5, I9I6. This acTion was premaTure, and, because of The Terrain, The success was nominal. No imporTanT TacTicaI lessons were learned, and The acTion seT back and delayed Tank if deveIopmenT and producfion. During I9I7 Tank acTion in combaT was disappoinTing. The Troops had been led To expecT so much from Them, and The leaders were so unfamiliar wiTh Their proper TacTical employmenf, ThaT Their success in baTTle can only be Termed IimiTed. AT The baTTle of Cambrai on November 20 The usual arTilIery bombardmenT was dispensed wiTh before opening The baTTle, and The Tanks for The firsT Time had an opporTuniTy To operaTe overland noT cuT To pieces by artillery fire. Many models were developed boTh in England and France and a IimiTed number in Germany. AfTer The enfrance of The UniTed STaTes inTo The war, The Mark VIII, 37-Ton Tank was sTandardized for producfiong parTs were To come from England and The UniTed STaTes for assembly in France. The Renaulf seven- Ton Tank was The besT of The IighT Tanks developed during This period, The war ended before The Mark VIII Tanks were available for use, and one hundred of These, finished afTer The war aT Rock Island Arsenal, TogeTher wiTh abouT I,O00 RenaulT IighT Tanks, represenTed The ToTal Tank resources of our army up unTiI a very few years ago. Following The armisfice, There remained Iitfle inTeresT in The conTinued developmenT of armored combaf vehicles. The Ordnance DeparTmenT, resTricTed by very small yearly appropriafions, con- Tinued iTs research and developmenT wiTh a small group of en- gineers. They improved Their models from year To year as limited funds permiTTed. The Tanks used in Training personnel aT The Ordnance School Today are The producT of Their efforfs. In This brief hisToricaI resume of The deveIopmenT of ordnance we have aTTempTed To cover only The imporTanT changes which have come abouT in pasT cenfuries wiThouT much emphasis on modern developmenfs. IT is expecTed ThaT The reader is familiar wiTh These and has a full appreciaTion of The changes in TacTics developed by The inTroducTion of aircrafT and moTor vehicles inTo warfare. Ammunifion, including bombs and Torpedoes, has kepT pace wiTh The developmenf of The weapons. Ordnance maferiel Today covers a Tremendous field. When one considers The wide varieTy of iTems ThaT are issued, The sTores of spare parTs ThaT musT be provided and The Tools required in Their mainfenance iT is undersTandable why our supply problems cover hundreds of Thousands of differenT iTems. If one were asked To seIecT The mosT imporTanT lessons To be learned from a sTudy of The evoluTion of weapons of warfare, one mighT sTaTe ThaT "The search for perfecTion is Too ofTen The enemy of The good" and ThaT "The sTaTus quo aTTains such inerTia among The miliTary and civilians alike Thai They sTrongIy resisT innovaTions leading Toward change." if X fllgkfe Avi-4.2 -1-f"'A,,,, 4 , ' ll 'T'. 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