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A brief history of the T-16 Carrier

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Page created: 12-Aug-2002
Last revision: 01-Oct-2015



An overloaded Universal Carrier in Italy

This now famous photo shows "Katie", a Canadian Mk.I* carrier in service with the Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment in Italy. Loads like these were routine once the versatility of the carrier became known, but at the cost of premature wear of drivetrain components throughout. Note the rear bogie wheel riding almost flat on the track; the stress of a load like this was also very hard on sprockets, tracks and rear axles.

American engineers redesigned their concept of the carrier in part to address these failures. The result of these efforts, the T-16, was visually similar but mechanically much different than the British & Canadian carriers.

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