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Handbook of Artillery

Handbook of Artillery

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shell is withdrawn about half its

length, the

withdrawing strap is

slipped over the base of shell

allowing the

complete removal of the

shell, while the

packing blocks and

straps are held in their

respective

compartments. The powder charge containers can be lifted out
without the aid of

straps.

The front

compartment is

equipped with a steel door which is

hinged at the bottom and

swings downward when opened. The

rear

compartment is

equipped with an armor-plate door

hinged at

its lower

edge, and when opened hangs vertically downward. The

front door when opened downward is

supported by the footboard

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in a horizontal

position. Each door when closed is held in

position

by latches

provided on the sides of the

chests, which

swing over and

engage steel

handgrips riveted on either

edge of the door at the

top.

Extending above the chest at the front on either side, handrails

are

provided. The rails are constructed of steel and are

provided

with leather

guards. The rails fit into small brackets riveted to the

chest sides, and may be dismounted from tjie chest

by removing

the

retaining pins. Three

grip straps are also fastened to the

upper

front

edge of the chest to assist the

personnel when mounting the

vehicle.

Straps are

provided with the usual

fastenings, at the

top of the chest

to accommodate the soldiers'

personal equipment, and also

picket

ropes, at the rear. At the front of the chest the

fastenings accom-
modate blankets, lamps, and tool cases. On either side of the chest

fastenings are

provided, the left side

accommodating a saw in a leather

case, and the

right side a

spanner wrench.

The frame consists of two

flanged sides connected by cross

stays

to the draft

pole, which consists of two

flange steel members extending

back, the

length of the vehicle. The outside rails are

provided with

flanges and holes

through which the axle

passes. The chest is

mounted on the frame, the axle brackets on the chest

corresponding

with the

flanges on the side

rails, making a solid

bearing for the

axle,

which is held in

place by keys.

Forward of the

chest, across the side

rails, a wooden footboard

and platform is

provided. Suspended below the footboard on either

side, is a fuze

locker, which

provides carrying compartments for

30

fuzes, 15 in each locker. Each locker is

provided with a

door,

which

swings downward when opened, arid each is

equipped with a

hasp and a

pivot thumb lock.

Suspended from the

platform to the rear of the

right fuze

locker,

a tin

box, containing 3

pounds of

grease, is

strapped.

The frame is

provided at the rear with a steel

prop which

swings

up to the

right side of the frame and is retained in this

position by a

spring clip when in

traveling position.

Wire-net

receptacles are

suspended under the rear section of the

frame on either side of the

prop bracket. The receptacles provide

space for canvas

watering buckets and

ropes.

The draft

pole, which is an extension of the center rail of the

frame, is

joined at its extreme forward end

by a

lunette, which

engages

the

pintle on the ammunition

wagon limber when in

traveling posi-

tion. A pole prop is also

provided for

supporting the draft

pole

when the

wagon is unlimbered. The

prop swings up to a horizontal

position when the

wagon is in

traveling position. Attachments on

the underside

support a

jointed draft

pole and a

handspike.

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Tire brakes are

provided for each

wheel, the brake

system being

operated as one unit. The shoes which bear

against the wheel are

supported by brackets fastened to the side rails at the front.
The shoes are

operated by a crank located on the left rear side of
the vehicle under the frame. The crank is connected to the shoes

by rods

supported on the frame.
Wheels of the wooden type, 56 inches in

diameter, having steel

tires 3 inches in

width, are

provided on this vehicle.

They are

retained on the axle

by means of an

adjusting collar and linch

pin.

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