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Internal environment of early tanks

I think we're all fairly aware that the internal environment of early tanks was really nasty. Hot, high carbon monoxide concentrations, etc.

It struck me there may have been another factor to make the tanker's life even more miserable. The Daimler-Knight engines were noted for high

oil consumption and added oil vapour to the noisome interior of tanks. I've read that oils for WW1 aero engines were basically castor oil which was sprayed around

from total loss oil systems and this had a dramatic effect on the bowels of the unfortunate pilots. Did the oil used in tank engines contain castor oil - anyone know?






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Good question, but I imagine traversing a ww1 battlefield under fire would be enough to loosen anybody's bowels without any help from oil vapour!


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Bonjour Charlie,

Yes, the "Castor Oil" was used for the motors, before WW1 and, some times, until eighties, like for aeromodelism motors.

The Castor Oil, is not a "Breaver Oil", but only an oil coming from "Castor oil plant" (the "Ricinus Communis").

This oil is called, in french' "Huile de Ricin".

Happy new years - Michel

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