While the Dread Dormomoo and himself drove from Dallas, your Aardvark saw two flatbed trailers hauling desert sand armor. I have never seen the like before. It was similar to the M113A2 APC pictured above, but more squat, and more sharply beveled front and rear. There was no turret, or machine gun, but there were what appeared to be three double gun ports on the side facing me, comme ça:
|Not the Merrimack on treads|
I claim few draughting skills, but this will give a decent approximation of what I saw. There were two trucks hauling these westward on I-20 this afternoon, and a third truck with a more conventional armed APC. Given that our armed forces are practising anti-terrorist drills here in the YouEssofAY with the terrorists being role-played as guys in plaid shirts and John Deere hats (doubtless waving pocket Constitutions and Ron Paul placards), seeing things like this gives me Some Small Concern
(Before your eye-rolling at the links ties your optic nerves in knots, feel free to actually follow the links to the cited Army docs and all.)
Point: If anyone can ID the vehicle, I would appreciate it. The thing looked like what the mobile pillboxes I have been hearing about would look like. It could have been a shipment to a base, or materiel being moved from "A" to "B". Whatever the reason, it gives me mild unease.