History of War

DID AMERICANS INVENT THE TANK?

During World War I the Pioneer Tractor Company from Winona, Minnesota, designed a rather strange-looking tank that would be later known as the Skeleton Tank. The crew was encased in an armoured box at the centre of the vehicle with a gun turret on top and an engine on each side of the compartment. The driver had a small horizontal vision slit at the front of the armoured box. The commander/ gunner had a vision slit in the turret.

The tracks were carried on mounted rollers installed on a tubular frame covered with wood. The pipe construction would allow for the tank to

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