4. The SBG Bridge Layer
Another of Hobart’s Funnies that proved most useful was the SBG or the Small Box Girder bridge layer. This AVRE was designed to bridge a gap of up to 30 feet wide. In addition, it would provide a ramp to scale a 15-feet-high wall, often used together with fascine to provide a softer landing surface when a vehicle fell from an elevated position or a surmounted wall.
3. The ARK
Just like the bridge layer, the Armored Ramp Carrier (ARK) was designed to bridge a gap for other vehicles to pass. This modified Churchill tank had no turret. A foldable ramp took the place of its turret. The ARK would be driven into a gap; it would then open its ramps to create a bridge that other vehicles could cross.
2. The ‘Kangaroo’ Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)
Used to transport infantry, the (APC) was instrumental in helping troops keep pace with armor during offensive operations. At the Battle of Normandy, they provided the highly needed protection to the vulnerable infantry and an increased speed of mobility.
1. The CDL
This armored vehicle was deliberately given an inaccurate label- Canal Defense Light (CDL) – as a way to best keep it secret. It featured a powerful carbon-arc searchlight inside its modified turret. The light would provide the Allied troops with illumination during nighttime operations. It, however, would also produce a dazzling effect that would temporarily blind the rival forces. It was ingeniously designed to flood the light out of a fairly small incision in the armor to minimize the chance of damage by enemy fire. Of all Hobart’s Funnies, the CDL was the most furtively kept.