Sunday, August 23, 2015
Blast from the past...the Amphibious Trailer.
Everyone with even a passing interest in WW2, German armor and amphibious operations knows about the Landwasserschlepper (above), the Nazi logistics/amphibian.
What they might not know about is the second part of the vehicle system...the amphibious trailer...Below are a few pics of the complete system....
Its actually pretty impressive. While the Landwasserschlepper could carry approx 20 troops the trailer would add an additional 10-20 tons of cargo to each trip.
What is the lesson for today? The AAV, follow on ACV will lose their cargo carrying ability due to blast seats being installed. Could a few Amphibious Trailers make up for this shortfall?
I just don't know.
What I do know is that the Ground Combat Element is depending more and more on aviation for transportation, fires...and logistics.
What happens if a cunning, clever and cruel enemy decide to challenge, degrade and/or eliminate the aviation part of our combat team because they realize how reliant we are on it? How do we supply our Marines then?