Tracked Ambulance

Craig Moore investigates the use of a ‘tracked trolley’ for vehicle recovery purposes

This is the tracked ambulance towing device being used to recover a disabled lorry Archive
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Whenever I am looking through documents in military archives, I have to skip through a lot of subject matter that is not relevant to what I am hunting for. But occasionally I will see something that makes me stop, which is what happened when I saw a photograph of a lorry being towed with the front section jacked up on a small, tracked trolley.

I’d never seen anything like this before and had to find out more. Luckily military historian Oliver Boyle had purchased a copy of a British War Office manual dated August 7, 1945, at a small militaria fair in his local village hall. It was called the Manual of Recovery, Recovery Technique Part II, Practical and Technical Considerations. He sent me some photographs showing instructions on how and when to use the device.

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