During the early 1930s the U.S. Army had a chance
to acquire the revolutionary Christie tank suspension.
In tests, it easily out performed all other suspensions.
Christie Suspension Easily Bounds Over Obstacle
With the track removed, rubber tire could be placed on the
tank's wheels allowing it to travel at over 40 mph. on roads.
The Army didn't buy it because it didn't want
something that wasn't designed by the army.
Left: Suspension Chosen By The U.S. Army
Proved A Failure In W.W. II.
Right: Christie Suspension
After Franklin Roosevelt was elected president in 1932,
the second biggest mistake in U.S. history was made.
FDR agreed to trade w/ the U.S.S.R.
He didn't care that the U.S.S.R. still hadn't
accounted for all of the U.S. soldiers it
had captured during and after W.W.I.
One of the first products they bought from
America was the Christie suspension.
They quickly scrapped all their obsolete designs
and built what became known as the T-34.
Christie Inspects His Contraption
This tank saved Moscow from the Nazis in 1941.
All through W.W. II it proved to be the best tank in the world.
America was stuck w/ an obsolete suspension
that was used on the inferior M-4 Sherman, and
other tanks that were known as death traps.
When N. Korean invaded S. Korea they used T-34s.
The suspension was later used on Soviet T-54 and T-62 tanks.
These tanks were used to crush the rebellions
in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
They were used against the U.S. during the Second Indo-China War.
Massive #s of these tanks struck fear into Western leaders.
To counter them the U.S., Britain and France built huge
stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
Many countries, like Somalia,
themselves to buy these tanks.
Eventually America spent billions of $$$s
on the MBT-70 Suspension and the M-1 to
counter the suspension FDR sold the Soviets
without even asking for our POWs to be returned.
China Used It During The Tiananmen