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We discovered that the routine drive over a narrow de¤le covered with ice became an experience in sustained anxiety. The tracks of a tank are made up of individual shoes, ®exibly connected to each other. The normal, all-purpose shoe was made of a rubberlike composition with a cleatlike design. This shoe worked well on paved and dirt roads and trails and provided a ground-grabbing surface for open ¤elds, desert, hills, and obstacles. But, on an ice-covered surface, the rubber-composition shoe lacked traction.
When the track on the left side went over the edge, the tank overturned and You are reading copyrighted material published by the University of Alabama Press. S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 16 / Close and Join crashed to the bottom of the ravine ¤fteen feet below. Gasoline escaped from the gas tank and ignited. Interviews with the tank crewmen ¤lled in the events that followed. With the tank upside down, the bow gunner fell out.
Also to the front beyond the MLR, through a shallow saddle in the ridge, I could see Outpost Kelly. I looked through my ten-power binoculars, but I could not detect any activity on Kelly. I estimated the range to be about ¤fteen hundred yards from where I was standing. Outpost Tessie, which was to the right, did not show any activity either. I could not see Outposts Nick, Betty, and Nori, also to the right, because the ridge to the front masked my view. The dominating terrain feature was Hill 317, to my left front, about a mile and a half away.