Squirrel Cage for Jeeps (Feb, 1949)

How exactly does one turn with this thing?

Squirrel Cage for jeeps is this new device for travel over swamps, bogs, soft beaches and heavy underbrush. It’s a continuous road matting on rollers which runs around the body and under the wheels. The Marine Corps is testing it at the Quantico, Virginia, base.

10 comments
  1. galessa says: May 22, 200711:44 am

    not to mention the large quantities of sand or mud you’d get all over you and in the car.

  2. Caya says: May 23, 20074:17 pm

    My gracious yes, that would be a royal mess. I, also, wonder how it would turn!

  3. Stannous says: May 23, 20075:43 pm

    Great comments.

  4. NikFromNYC says: January 14, 20083:14 pm

    100 foot cable winches are dirt cheap these days, and saved me many a time in a Land Cruiser (back in the 80s when Jeeps were made of tin foil). You need a long cable since swamps don’t have a lot of trees growing in them!

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  6. Firebrand38 says: July 26, 20095:09 pm

    Here is a better picture of it http://www.gettyimages….

    The story went on for a while http://news.google.com/…

  7. JMyint says: July 26, 20095:27 pm

    Interesting Firebrand. The Getty Images photo is credited to a relatively famous marine who died in Febuary of this year.

  8. LS says: July 26, 20095:44 pm

    Very interesting contraption. Its unfortunately hard to tell from the photo how exactly the device was attached to the jeep.

  9. Firebrand38 says: July 26, 20097:47 pm

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