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YANKEE "TANK" IN ACTION AMAZES
Upper: American "tank" crashing through a wooden shack, one of
the defense points held by the "enemy." Lower: Trench defenders fleeing
as "tank" plowed its way through barbed wire entanglements and routed
San Francisco, Cal., April 25.
The terrifying stunts performed by a
"tank" in actual warfare were 'dem
onstrated by companies of the coast
artillery corps, national guard, in a
mimic battle on the sand dunes of
the Pacific ocean beach near here the
other day before an amazed audience
Spectators of the mock battle
stared in astonishment as the pon
derous tractor ambled its way into
action with an attacking force, pro
ceeding against entrenched troops.
The monster plowed its way
through all obstacles, clambering
.easily, through, dense jinderbrush,
crashing through barbed wire en
tanglements and crushing wooden
houses with all the startling efficien
cy of the British type that bewildered
the German in France.
The Yankee "tank" consisted of a
14-ton caterpillar traction engine,
encased in a lighter weight model of
the armor plate used in real war.
Two rapid fire one-pound guns were
mounted in the conning tower which
revolved to sweep the entire field.
Seven men were in the crew which
operated the big machine during th
engagement. One man attended to
the steering and was warned of im
mediate obstacles Jx two lookouts
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