Rare First World War era military Cadillac found in Spokane
During First World War Cadillacs, Dodges and other passenger cars were supplied to the U.S. military. Until recently it was thought that no Cadillacs used by the U.S. Army survived - until a 1918 Cadillac, type 57 touring car was discovered in Spokane, Wash. It was in unrestored condition (stored for 70 years), and the military color and markings were still visible. The man who owned the car got it in a trade. The Cadillac had previously belonged to a military collector. Cadillacs were being used and modified by the military as early as 1904. This Cadillac is likely the first Cadillac used by American forces on French soil - arriving in Brest in August 1917.
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association retracing the route of the 1919 U.S. Army Convoy
The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is retracing the route of the first U.S. Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy across the America, along the Lincoln Highway. In 1919 the U.S. Army made a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly formed Lincoln Highway. The route began at the White House in Washington, D.C., and ended at Lincoln Park in San Francisco - 3,250 miles and 62 days later. The original convoy's objectives were to put the equipment through a grueling test, and to say thanks to the American people for their support during the First World War.
General "Black Jack" Pershing's locomobile up for auction (Article no longer available from the original source)
General Pershing, commander of American forces in the First World War, had a soft spot for Locomobiles. The Locomobile was a luxury car built in Bridgeport 1902-1929. The Rolls Royce of its day, the price tag in 1918 was $5,000 (equal to $75,000 today). Pershing, who had 2 million soldiers under his command, owned several Locomobiles, one of which is going on sale. It will be auctioned off at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline. The car, a Model 48, was fitted with a monumental 429-cubic-inch 6-cylinder engine, with pistons larger than quart cans of paint. A Bonhams spokesman said that it will likely bring in over $175,000.
Restoring Historic Military Vehicles -- WWI-era French tank
The repair bay on Richardson Tank Motor Park, an annex to the Patton Museum, is filled with what could be pieces of a life-sized hobby model kit. There is an empty hull from a WWI-era French tank sitting on a stand with a freshly-painted turret off to the side. Restoration specialists Steve Wise and O.B. Edens both have backgrounds in maintenance and tank repair, but there's a fair amount of creativity they need to bring to the job. For instance, on the French tank, which was used in 1918 and found in pieces in an Afghan salvage yard, the rollers aren't lubricated the way they are today. And there's no manual to read: French tanks from 1918 don't come with instructions.
Antique Cars of Russian Rulers Displayed
An exhibition of antique machinery has opened in Moscow. The exposition "For the 100th anniversary of the Emperor's Garage" presents over 30 unique cars, which served country's rulers, from Nikolas II to Mikhail Gorbachev. Majority of exhibits will be displayed for the first time. A hundred years ago, on March 1, 1907 Russia saw the creation of the Emperor's Garage with the most luxurious cars, such as Delaunay-Belleville, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce, and Russo-Balt. By the beginning of World War 1, Nikolas II had the biggest personal garage among all European monarchs.
Trucks made the difference at Verdun carnage
From 21 February to 19 December 1916 the French Army endured a battle of attrition of enormous magnitude in the vicinity of the fortress city of Verdun. At the end of the Battle of Verdun, the French emerged victorious, though at a immense cost in human lives and materiel. The logistics support of such a long, costly battle had been very challenging. One of the keys to the French success in stopping the German offensive was the use of a fairly new technology on the battlefield: motor vehicles. Never before had trucks and other motor vehicles played such a large and influential role in military operations.