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    The Stalwart was intended to cross the rivers of Germany .( its short length helpful in climbing out of the rivers and onto the bank)
    It could travel on the open sea, but it was with risks.
    The stalwart couldn't tackle large beach breakers like a LARC or WW2 DUKW because of its very short length.( a hang over from using the Saladin armoured car chassis)
    In the British army in the mid 1960s the WW2 DUKW was due for replacement.
    A project was carried out to try a turn the Stalwart into a true sea going DUKW replacement.
    A Stalwart was fitted with a bow and stern extensions which gave it more free board and the length it needs to handle large breakers on beaches.
    The modified Stalwart after some design changes to the extensions worked better than expected and had no trouble with waves 6 to 7 feet high and shipped little water, but sealing of the cabin was not the best.
    The extensions were long and stopped the Stalwart from performing well off road on land.
    They needed to be removed quickly if the vehicle landed on to a foreign shore from the sea.
    The extensions were rigged with explosive bolts which could jettison the extensions and the stalwart backed away from them ect.
    The whole process taking a few minutes.
    Common sense prevailed again and the project was dropped due to.
    1/ Concern but the strength of the extension attachment points in larger waves than the 6 to 7 foot tested .
    2/ The need to carry the extensions in the back of the Stalwart if they were to be reused which took up all the cargo space.
    I will try and scan a poor quality copy of a photo from the book Strong, stout and sturdy.
    The Stalwart was trialed with many things including a Helicopter landing platform and transport/ tender.
    stolly add by john smith, on Flickr
    The above picture from the REME depot web site.

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    From Stout, Strong and Sturdy by John L Rue
    Note the lower picture showing a swing fire missile system temporarily fitted for a truck show.


    Scan_20180708 by john smith, on Flickr

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    350RRC is offline ChatterBox Silver Subscriber
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    Up to page 101 for this great thread; some sort of good omen?

    Well done Ron.

    DL

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