• Short Summary

    A POWERFUL AMERICAN BUILT TANK EQUIPPED WITH A SCHNORKEL, CROSSED THE BED OF THE RIVER MEUSE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WATCHED BY HIGH RANKING ARMY OFFICERS FROM SEVERAL NATIONS.

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    A POWERFUL AMERICAN BUILT TANK EQUIPPED WITH A SCHNORKEL, CROSSED THE BED OF THE RIVER MEUSE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WATCHED BY HIGH RANKING ARMY OFFICERS FROM SEVERAL NATIONS.

    THE TANK WAS PUT THROUGH ITS PACES IN A SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION STAGED BY THE BELGIAN ARMY AT THE MILITARY ENGINEERING SCHOOL AT JAMBES. ARMY OFFICERS, INCLUDING SEVERAL GENERALS, REPRESENTED FRANCE, GERMANY, BELGIUM, ENGLAND, HOLLAND AND THE UNITED STATES HIGH COMMAND IN EUROPE.

    THE FIRST STAGE OF THE DEMONSTRATION INVOLVED THE 50 TON TANK IN TAKING OVER THE ROLE OF BULLDOZER. WITH VARIOUS ATTACHMENTS THE MACHINE PROVED ITSELF CAPABLE OF MOVING A CONSIDERABLE QUANTITY OF EARTH WITH GREAT EFFICIENCY. IT'S LIFTING GEAR CAN DEAL WITH WEIGHTS OF UP TO EIGHT TONS.

    THE HIGHSPOT OF THE TANK'S PERFORMANCE CAME WHEN WITH A FULL CREW ABOARD, AND A SCHNORKEL ATTACHED, IT CROSSED THE BED OF THE MEUSE - TOTALLY SUBMERGED - IN A TIME OF APPROXIMATELY THREE MINUTES.

    THIS REMARKABLE TANK, WHICH CAN REACH LAND SPEEDS OF NEARLY 30 MILES PER HOUR (45 KILOMETRES PER HOUR) CAN DO THE WORK OF SEVERAL ORDINARY VEHICLES IN CLEARING AND LEVELLING GROUND, CARRYING EQUIPMENT FOR BRIDGE BUILDING, AND CROSSING RIVERS, LAKES AND SWAPS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LJ58DZ9OHS6IIQ98ZHHVMDXQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LJ58DZ9OHS6IIQ98ZHHVMDXQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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