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Bob Mosely has written this article about Carrier tracks and the discussions as to which way they are fitted.

Australian Bren Gun Carrier Tracks – Which Orientation?

(by Bob Moseley – Ph:0421 038 661)

Restoration of any historic item invariably leads to differing viewpoints, whether they be about paint colours, tyres, numerous other items or in this case the orientation of Carrier tracks.  During my involvement with the restoration of the National Military Vehicle Museum, Port Adelaide, LP2A Carrier, Hull No. 2340, discussions arose regarding the correct way to fit the track.  These discussions quickly extended to other Carrier owners.  It appeared, prima facie, that the answer was simply to follow the instruction manuals, but as it turned out, which manual/s?  Following a close study of several manuals a number of anomalies between them came to light and after, in excess of 64 years from when the first manual was written, it appears errors in the writing of subsequent manuals may have led to incorrect interpretations from then on.

Research Texts

The primary information sources along with their relevant texts are as follows.

Mechanization Pamphlet No.6 - Carriers Machine Gun - LP No.1

Description, Maintenance, and Operation 1940
Tracks should normally be fitted so that the “tails” or shorter sides of the links are to the rear on the ground or bottom run.

Carriers, Machine Gun L.P., Nos.2 & 2A – Description, Operation and Maintenance Mechanization Pamphlet No. 7 1941

Tracks should be fitted so that the “tails” or shorter sides of the links are to the rear on the section of track in contact with the ground.

                            

This depiction is the reverse view of Figure 2 with Figure 2 being the universal image contained in all the source manuals.

Fig. 1 "Tails" to the rear.
Carriers, Machine Gun L.P., Nos.2 & 2A – Workshop Repair and Maintenance Mechanization Pamphlet No. 7A 1941

Tracks should be fitted so that the “tails” or shorter sides of the links are to the front, in relation to the vehicle, on that section of track in contact with the ground.

 

Depiction ex. Manual.

Fig.2   “Tails” to the Front
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