posted on Apr, 19 2006 @ 11:54 AM
I don`t intend this post to be a " dendence of the French " , but the reason for this is engineering -- not french cowardice
the gear boxes on tanks and other equipment often have :
1-2-3 . gear gox
HIGH - LOW - CRAWL ¬ REVERESE . splitter / transfer box
giving 9 forward , and 3 reverse gears .
the brittish challenfer has 6 forward / 2 reverse . and if you look into the issue -- its likley that other tanks / AFVs have similar transmissions .