|Early Hornsby Tractor.|
Picture from Wikipedia article.
In WWI such caterpiller tractors were widely used by the Allies for hauling artillery and other heavy loads and eventually provided the basis for the design of the Tank.
|WWI Holt Tractor|
I am sure it will be no surprise to readers that Atlantica was way ahead of the curve. In late 1905 the Dinkie Arms Company produced a lightly armoured, tracked, combat tractor nicknamed the Armadillo. It was very small with a crew of 2 men, a driver and a commander/machine gunner, but it was a promising entry into the market and its excellent cross country ability was of especial interest for those areas where lack of good roads and train tracks limited the possibilities of support by armoured cars and armoured trains. The design of this early vehicle was so successful that 30 years later it was scaled up and turned into a light tank.
|Bidding by competing interests was fierce.|