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miércoles, 10 de febrero de 2016

Churchill CIRD



Churchill CIRD


El Churchill CIRD (Canadian Indestructible Roller Device) fue una variante diseñado para limpiar campos minados. Unos rodillos eran empujados por el vehículo delante de él para evitar que pisase una mina siendo detonada por el rodillo. Todo el artilugio disponía de su propia suspensión. La detonación de las minas podía provocar un daño mínimo no siendo necesaria la sustitución de los rodillos. El conjunto se comportó bien en combate pero era bastante incómodo en el campo de batalla de modo que el vehículo predilecto para esta labor era el Sherman Crab.

Fuentes:
CHANT, C. “An Illustrated Data Guide to Battle Tanks of World War II
PERRET, B. “Churchill Infantry Tank 1941-1945” Osprey, 1993
FLETCHER, D. “The Great Tank Scandal: British Armour in the Second World War” 1989
DELAFORCE, P. “Churchill's Secret Weapons: the story of Hobart's Funnies” Pen & Sword, 2006

English version

The Churchill CIR (Canadian Indestructible Roller Device) was a variant designed to clear minefields. Rollers were pushed by the vehicle in front of it to prevent to take a mine being detonated by the roller. The whole contraption had its own suspension. The detonation of the mines could cause minimal damage not the replacement of rollers being necessary. The whole performed well in combat but was rather uncomfortable in the battlefield so that the preferred vehicle for this work was the Sherman Crab.


Sources:
CHANT, C. “An Illustrated Data Guide to Battle Tanks of World War II
PERRET, B. “Churchill Infantry Tank 1941-1945” Osprey, 1993
FLETCHER, D. “The Great Tank Scandal: British Armour in the Second World War” 1989
DELAFORCE, P. “Churchill's Secret Weapons: the story of Hobart's Funnies” Pen & Sword, 2006

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