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"German Ambulance Sled" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on a German sled used for evacuation of wounded was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 14, Dec. 17, 1942.

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The evacuation of battlefield casualties over rough country always presents a major logistical problem. This is particularly true where evacuation must be made through deep snow; one solution to the problem of snow may be indicated in a photograph from a German newspaper showing a small snow-sled, evidently for use as an ambulance. It is equipped with three runners, one forward and two in the rear. It is powered by a small 7-cylinder radial airplane engine mounted on the back. The propeller is 2-bladed and made of wood. The propeller guard consists of what appears to be a tubular steel frame protecting only the lower half of the propeller's arc. The sled would probably carry a driver and two patients.


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