Army Life – Dear Dad – Lad Drives a Tank – August, 1942

 

APG - Aberdeen Proving Grounds insignia

Aug. 12, 1942

Dear Dad: –

Got back to Aberdeen with no mishaps except that I had to walk from the station to Camp. There were so many men desiring to get into Camp that I thought it advisable to rely on me instead of taxis and I’m glad I did. Some of the fellows didn’t get back here until after 5:30, A. M.

Monday passed as usual, but yesterday, after supper, I went back to the shops and applied for extra training. So last night I learned to drive a light tank. Sometime in the future I’ll be given instruction in operating a medium tank and also, half-track vehicles, very heavy wreckers, and tractors. I will be given a license to drive whatever of these vehicles I proved to be successful in operating, which is a start in obtaining a license for the operation of all Army vehicles.

A tank is a cross between a car and a tractor in its operation. The clutch and throttle, as in a car are foot operated. In a tractor they are both hand operated as well as the steering. Steering a tank is done, as in the tractor, by hand brake levers. They ride quite well, and only on the real big holes or ditches, do they bump or rock badly. I really enjoyed it.

Lad

Tomorrow a letter from Grandpa, to the truants,on Thursday, another letter from Lad and on Friday, Grandpa writes to his sons.

Judy Guion

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2 thoughts on “Army Life – Dear Dad – Lad Drives a Tank – August, 1942

  1. Interesting! I’d never seen a description of driving a tank before.

    • jaggh53163 says:

      Liz – My Dad, Lad, is probably the only son who would have given the details since he was very analytical. Ced might have come close or he would have told an exaggerated story of the experience. Dan would have probably told us how he felt and what he saw and heard. Dick – if he wrote at all – would probably have said, “I drove a tank.” and Dave might have gone off on a tangent of how he thought tanks could win the war. Glad you enjoyed it.

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