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panheadjim

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panheadjim says:

Motorcycles Join the US Cavalry

European armies were using motorcycles well before the US finally decided to ditch horses and develop a "Mechanized Force."  Finally in 1931, the US Army put together it's first regiment which included motorcycles outfitted with machine guns.  Really would be great to have one of these set up today for splitting through traffic...


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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

just like the British Army Jim....

the cavalry regiments became the mechanised/tank regiments.I don't think they did the solo armoured bikes though.Motorcycles were mainly used for dispatches.

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panheadjim

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panheadjim says:

Dispatch Riders

The US definitely switched to dispatch only use for motorcycles by WWII.  Still, the Germans and Russians continued to use motorcycles for combat although I've never read any details on their tactics.

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

probably...

combinations only...with an heavy machine gun fitted to the side car.I think the U.S. would be unique in the pre war and early days of the war with having a large calibre hand held machine gun.(Thompson).

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dave_c

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dave_c says:

Not as many

good photos this time Jim :winkie:

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stevebaldy

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stevebaldy says:

i can imagine

holding onto one of those beasts one handed over rough terrain whilst squeezing on a Thompson machine gun would have been a bit, erm, hairy !!  :blink:

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panheadjim

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panheadjim says:

Loaded

I think loading would be a big problem.  You charge into the enemy ranks, gun blazing, but then you run out of ammo.  Now your screwed!  How are you going to turn around get more ammo out of your saddlebag, switch clips and ride all at the same time.

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