Big Bertha

Big Bertha
Circa 1940, on the streets of Rochester New York, Bertha does her work.
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Completely Gratuitous, Putilov-Garford, Porn Dump.



In the beginning... there was the Garford 5-ton. Pictured above and below.
In both illustrations you can plainly see the sleek lines, low-slung carriage and the air that it's going like a bat-out-of-hell - even standing still.
Okay. Not really. but they were solid, serviceable trucks as evidenced by these two photos. At 30 horsepower, nobody was burning up the road.
Anyway, I've prattled on this subject before but to briefly cover that ground again: The Russian Empire bought 50 such trucks and created the Putilov-Garford.
Heavy; 8 or 11 tons depending on who's writing and top-heavy like an upright piano. And they didn't soup-up that 30 hp power plant either. 
Top end: 12 mph. Off road it kept wanting to lay over on its side and rest. Traction was negated by those solid rubber tires.
Still she was nobody to mess with. Her main gun, facing rearward was roughly equivalent to that of a WW2 Sherman. It didn't traverse all 360 degrees but there were three Maxim guns facing forward.

So, I present...
The Putilov-Garford
Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.
The Empire went south as you well know. After that the P.G was still used for a time. Post war Freikorps pictured.

Ya aint stuck 'till ya gotta walk. Like now.

Guy kneeling in center; "Now watch me this time, damnit! You take this lace over the other one and then, under it, then pull them tight. Now, put one finger here... God damn it! Pay attention. We can't keep stopping just 'cause your shoe's untied."
On that note we'll bid a fond farewell to the joint endeavor of Elyria, Ohio and the Putilov Company of St. Petersburg with a nice respectful pass-in-review shot.

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