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(For those who don't read Landships II) the Schneider CD was a heavy artillery tractor built using the chassis of the Schneider CA1 tank.

400 of these tractors were ordered but only 110 were delivered before the Armistice. Deliveries to the French Army stopped after the 200th 

vehicle and a further 130 were sold into the private market. Some of the CDs survived until WW2 and one turned up in a scrapyard in Montpellier

a few years ago. This CD is in private hands and has been partially restored - it made an appearance at Retromobile 2017 in Paris (attached).

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Charlie

 



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Fantastic. A remarkably modern-looking vehicle. There's an article on it in Guerre, Blindés, Matériel, including a photo with about 75 of them in a vehicle park.



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Let's have a challenge... 

There were two flavours of CD one with a simple deck and another with a shorter deck, a capstan built into the drive axle usually with a cable reel on the forward part of the deck.

The attached is the former variety of CD being loaded onto a trailer. On the deck is an assembly with 4 tires - for bragging rights - what is it?

Charlie

 



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Most interesting.  I believe these vehicles were also used by Japan in WW2.



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James H wrote:

Fantastic. A remarkably modern-looking vehicle. There's an article on it in Guerre, Blindés, Matériel, including a photo with about 75 of them in a vehicle park.


James,

Which issue # of GBM?

Wayne 



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The Schneider in No. 86 - 10 pages.

And in No. 87 there's 8 pages on the Renault Porteur.

See if they've got any back numbers at Histoire and Collections.



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James,

Unfortunately they are sold out of #86.  They have #85 (the index says there should be something on the CD there, too), and #87.  I am considering ordering them.  I checked on E-bay, too - no luck.  Any other ideas?

Wayne



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Is the word "scan" going through your mind?



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CharlieC wrote:

 

Let's have a challenge... 

There were two flavours of CD one with a simple deck and another with a shorter deck, a capstan built into the drive axle usually with a cable reel on the forward part of the deck.

The attached is the former variety of CD being loaded onto a trailer. On the deck is an assembly with 4 tires - for bragging rights - what is it?

Charlie

 

It looks like the auxiliary front axle assembly for the La Buire transporter... I'm sure there's a correct technical name for it but I've no idea what it would be???

Did I guess right? 

 



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That's a good try - but no cigar. The La Buire front wheel assembly was normally towed behind the trailer and was a triangular shape.

The La Buire axle was also too long to fit onto the Schneider's deck - see image.

Hint - think about the primary function of the Schneider CD.

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Charlie

 

 



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"The primary function of the Schneider CD."

To tow guns.

And to carry supplies.

Our two primary functions are to tow guns and carry supplies.



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I'd better close this off before it turns into a grammar war....

Since the vehicle is an artillery tractor one might expect the load on the Schneider CD in the image to be related to artillery.

The Schneider CD was used to tow the Canon de 145 Mle 1916 Ruelle St-Chamond and Canon de 155 Mle 1917 GPF.

The 145mm Ruelle St-Chamond had a box trail and was transported either as a single load with the barrel drawn back over the trail or as

two loads with the barrel carried on a separate trailer. The 155mm GPF had split trails and was was transported by removing the spades, joining

the trails and lifting the trails onto a sprung transport frame which had a pair of wheels and a seat for the brakeman. On the back of the Schneider CD

in the image is a transport frame for a 155mm GPF. 

Regards,

Charlie

 

 



-- Edited by CharlieC on Tuesday 30th of May 2017 02:13:38 AM

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