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Trailer, Athey, Track Laying (G-123)
The Athey Track Laying trailers were used for general cargo on sand, soft soils, or mud, often with a tracked prime mover. The Athey Truss Wheel Company made three models for the U.S. military during World War II:
Trailer, Athey, Track Laying, 6-Ton, BT898-1
Trailer, Athey, Track Laying, 6-Ton, BT898-4
Trailer, Athey, Track Laying, 20-Ton, ET1076-1
Platform, stake, with or w/o canopy
Steel platform and stakes
Stake with canopy
14 1/2 in
TM 9-790A, TM 9-1790A
TM 9-790A, TM 9-1790A
TM 9-790B, TM 9-1790A
* Parts list for all models is SNL G-123.
The trailers had no brakes, intended for low speed travel.
Trailer, Athey, Track Laying Photo Gallery
Troops transported over the mud on an Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-4, Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, during WW II.
Omaha Beach in mid-June of 1944, after the D-Day beachhead has been secured. Two Athey Track Laying Trailers can be seen, the nearer one appears to be a BT898-1 stake body. This photo is a detail from a larger view of Omaha Beach.
Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-1, on Omaha Beach, near D-Day, 6 June 1944. Two M-3A4 Hand Carts are on the sand in foreground.
Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-1, reference photo from TM 9-8000, Principles of Automotive Vehicles, Jan 1956.
Athey Track Laying Trailer, BT898-4, reference photo from TM 9-2800-1.
Athey Track Laying Trailer, ET1076-1, reference photo from TM 9-2800-1.