The Bobbin Tank

by Daniel Russ on May 29, 2011

Mk. III Bobbin Tank

Churchill's Bobbin Tank Defeated Mine Fields On Beaches

The British constructed a bevy of special purpose automobiles to be used in combat engineering roles. One of these ‘Funnies” as they called them was the Carpet-Layer Mark III or the “Bobbin”. Invented to lay down a mesh of interlocking metal over minefields. The vehicles each were used as one time only roles. Once the mesh was layed and the infantry ingressed, the chassy was used for other things, like evacuating wounded or as a firing platform



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Ed Garland October 17, 2013 at 2:13 am

I’m glad you keep an eye out and appreciate these old machines, but the “Bobbin” wasn’t intended for use on minefields, it was meant to lay a mat down over loose sand/dirt etc to provide a more stable surface for lighter vehicles or infantry

Daniel Russ October 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

well all the History programs and wikipedia say it was to obviate landmines. Thanks for the comment though

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