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The Boirault Mk II.
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I don't remember seeing these before, and they don't come up in a search of the Forum. As ever, sorry if old news.

Shots of M. Boirault's second attempt. They show how tantalisingly close he came to working it out. It's not a million miles from "Mother". IMHO, anyway.



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Interesting but it looks dreadful. More like a number of short bridges hinged together. How does it steer?



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Bonsoir James,

This projet was stopped in February 1916 (Box 94 AP 16 - AN Pierrefitte)

A report on this projet with photos from Boirault MK 1 et MK 2 (Box 1K 91 - SHD Vincennes).

These photos were done during a test in Souain (BNF on website Gallica - Photos agence Rol)

Bonne recherche - Michel

PS - I have not taken copy ot the report.



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Is this the famous "Diplodocus militaire" project?

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The "Diplodocus militaire" was the first Boirault attempt. There was an article on it on the old Landships IIRC. Then there was the Mk II. I'd seen a couple of photos of the Mk II, but these were new to me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boirault_machine

Steering? Not available on this model. It was, indeed, a series of hinged bridges. But if only he's thought of using two tracks instead of one full-width one, it would have been very like a rhomboid. The crew compartment bore quite a resemblance.



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It's so conceptually different from the rhomboids I wouldn't even mention it in the same breath.

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Michel: Merci.

Toddy: How very wounding.



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James H wrote:

Michel: Merci.

Toddy: How very wounding.


The truth can hurt... wink



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