centurion, on 21 December 2011 - 08:42 PM, said:
No because they never existed. Some one has doctored the original photo of a proposed, but never adopted, device for getting a sniper closer to the enemy lines (later called a 'push tank' ) by putting red crosses on it and sold it to a magazine
You need to ask the questions - how would you get the man iside and what cover would anyone have pushing it - another load of Ed!
I can't help but think you are being a bit presumptuous in the assertion that the armoured stretcher is something which never existed and is simply concocted on the back of the proposal for snipers. Both of the illustrations posted are clearly from the same publication, but clearly describe two distinctly different devices. The armoured stretcher illustration I have posted is also from a period publication which quite clearly attributes its invention to a Colonel Cantile RAMC, an asertion I would have thought will have been made with a degree of evidence from the time.
Looking at the concept, I can well imagine some people will have have considered all and any
means by which they could get the wounded off the field of battle in greater safty than was afforded by being carried off on an open strecther. Consiquently, the idea of something that could be wheeled forward (empty) to the casualty, and then I imagine dragged or even hauled back on ropes, must surely have been something the authorities may well have considered and experimented with?
Common sense dictates that such a wheeled device will have had all manner of problems in its use, and for this reason I can well imagine it never saw active service, and yet does not mean it will never have been tried etc?