What is this thing on the back?

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What is this thing on the back?

Joined: April 29th, 2005, 11:07 am

April 18th, 2012, 10:26 am #1

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Joined: February 24th, 2007, 11:45 am

April 18th, 2012, 11:29 am #2

Hi Dan,

This is the rear end of a leichte Entgiftungskraftwagen (Sd.Kfz.10/2) which was designed to spread decontamination chemicals over ground that had been effected by poison gas. A requirement left over from the WWI which fortunately was never needed in WWII. The piece you see is the spreader.

If you want the full history of this vehicle and the other two "poison gas vehicles" with all the usual high quality photos and even four view drawings by Hilary Doyle you need to get hold of Panzer Tracts No.22-1. This is the only publication which covers all the variants of the Zugkraftwagen 1t and not just with a few grotty photos.

Fred
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Joined: April 29th, 2005, 11:07 am

April 18th, 2012, 10:20 pm #3

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Joined: May 11th, 2005, 3:03 pm

April 19th, 2012, 7:42 pm #4

Hi Dan,

This is the rear end of a leichte Entgiftungskraftwagen (Sd.Kfz.10/2) which was designed to spread decontamination chemicals over ground that had been effected by poison gas. A requirement left over from the WWI which fortunately was never needed in WWII. The piece you see is the spreader.

If you want the full history of this vehicle and the other two "poison gas vehicles" with all the usual high quality photos and even four view drawings by Hilary Doyle you need to get hold of Panzer Tracts No.22-1. This is the only publication which covers all the variants of the Zugkraftwagen 1t and not just with a few grotty photos.

Fred
Though it is commonly called poison gas, I understand that the material was actually to treat a nerve agent which is not a gas but a liquid of low volatility, a contact poison. The agent would stick to the ground making the ground unusable, and therefore needing decontamination. A gas, like Chlorine and Ammonia would dissipate and typically not need to be nuetralized (depending on the chemical). This is not important to most people but if doing a diorama or something it could be important to getting a scene right.

Because inquiring minds wanna know.
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