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Odd looking Mk. II (#799)

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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    The larboard track looks like three different styles?

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    Today, we'd call them grousers. Back then they called them "spuds" because they looked like a shovel you would use to dig up potatoes.

    They were attached to th top of every forth or fifth track link for extra traction.
     
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    Yeah, got that, but what about the tent-like things on top? Never saw those before.
     
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    One and the same...that is the handle of the shovel. If you look close, you can make out the spade portion.
     
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    I agree for the first one, but the ones behind that don't look the same to me.
     
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    They don't, because of the angle the photo was taken. You don't see the gap between spuds, so it appears that the track is continuous. However, it is not.
     
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    I'll have to put it down as an optical delusion.
     

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