The Germans make considerable use of half-tracked vehicles as
tractors. In many cases they are more nearly three-quarter tracked. It
is suggested it would be advantageous for us to develop a fully
tracked tractor utilizing the American rubber track and the Cletrac
transmission with suitable reduction gear. It is realized that the
rubber track would probably be useless elsewhere than in the desert. Such
vehicles should be capable of pulling recovery trailers to most
places which can be reached by a tank, and it is considered they would
be of great value in the forward areas. The vehicle should be fitted
with a winch. It is not suggested that vehicles of this type would
replace normal wheeled tractors and trailers for use in rear areas.
A Churchill tank chassis is under development in the United Kingdom
for similar use as a recovery vehicle.
(M/A Report, London, No. 47672.)