Not All Gators Have Teeth: Tracked Landing Vehicle

Military history is everywhere for me now that I travel with Dave.  On our way to our closest corner store in Dunedin, Florida, Dave stopped halfway across a pedestrian crossing to read a Historical Society of Dunedin's plaque, commemorating a little known event in the town's local history.  The Tracked Landing Vehicle was designed and manufactured in Dunedin in the late 1930s.  Named the Alligator, a prototype was tested on a beach just up the road from where we spend our Florida vacations. A quick search for images and information about this history adds even more colour to our knowledge of our favourite winter refuge.  The link below will reveal this interesting Second World War story.

http://pinellasnewsboy.com/2009/07/05/wwii-marine-corps-amphibious-vehicle-was-developed-in-dunedin/

 

 Alligator prototype testing on the beach in Dunedin, Florida

Alligator prototype testing on the beach in Dunedin, Florida

 Plaque at Palm Boulevard, Dunedin

Plaque at Palm Boulevard, Dunedin