#1566: PlatoonPlanter

I was thinking today about why tanks aren’t fitted with ejector seats. Aside from all the practicalities of physical shock, space limitations and cost, the obvious problem is that gravity would cause crew members of a stricken vehicle to end up scattered and vulnerable on the battlefield.

Today’s invention is distantly-related to this question.

It’s an armoured personnel carrier with a manhole-size drill fitted to the underside (and driven by the main engine, as required).

To deploy troops, this vehicle drives across the battlefield and drills holes wherever required (even creating joined up trenches, if necessary).

Soldiers can then jump through a hatch in the hull of the vehicle into a properly formed foxhole -without being exposed to enemy fire.

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