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British soldiers equipped with bicycles
Canadian Troops and their bicycles aboard their landing craft at Juno Beach
Soldiers holding bicycles line the deck of a ship. Troops from Highland Light Infantry and the West Nova Scotia Highlanders June 5, 1944
June 07, 2014 in History | Permalink
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Great pictures, but got me wondering: What did they use the bikes for - were these all messengers? Were they effective? Anything special about a combat bicycle?
John Flack |
June 09, 2014 at 01:41 PM
I don't know. I think there is a great book about Bikes in the Military that is waiting to be written, and I'm accepting all 6 figure book deal offers to that effect.
June 09, 2014 at 01:46 PM
[insert war on cars joke here]
June 09, 2014 at 11:59 PM
@John: bikes let you move a heck of a lot faster than you can on foot, with much less logistical overhead. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_infantry
Modern armies tend toward assuming that fuel is unlimited and eschew human-powered options. No doubt we'll eventually find out that they are well prepared to fight the last war.
June 10, 2014 at 07:31 AM
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