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    Default OT: Algeria to Mozambique by eight 10 Hp Citroen half tracks in 1924-25

    I copied this to the Car Forum too.... Full details here... they also did some crazy trip around Canada but I'll have to find that later : LINK JUST A CAR GUY WEBSITE

    One day, French President Gaston Doumergue mentioned to Andrť CitroŽn and Georges-Marie Haardt that a regular rail link between the North African French colonies and Madagascar, a French territory isolated in the Indian Ocean, would be advantageous to France.

    Andrť CitroŽn organized the "Black Cruise", to survey rail routes, and no doubt, to publicise his automobile company. After 10 months of preparation, 8 CitroŽn half-tracks left the southern terminus of the Algerian Railway on 28 of October 1924. It appears that the half-tracks were based on Model "B" CitroŽns.

    The expedition was again led by the general manager from CitroŽn, Georges-Marie Haardt, and each half-track carried three men. A motion picture producer and a camera operator, an artist, a medical doctor who also took care of taxidermy, scientists, nine factory driver/mechanics, and other staff (some military) were on the expedition. OT: Crawler tractors - Page 13

    Georges-Marie Haardt authored a book about the second African trip (The Black Journey: Across Central Africa with the CitroŽn Expedition) and a National Geographic Magazine article in the June 1926 issue

    So, it is a very long story, started by 1910 in St. Petersburg, where the Kťgresse track was invented, continued in the twenties and thirties in Africa and Asia with the great CitroŽn expeditions, opening car routes across Sahara and on the Silk Road, immortalized in the two movies that were rediscovered by Jack Goelman in the fifties, then by the two German directors that created the documentary for ARTE in 2006, and finally published on youTube by the passionate Zagrebians from the CitroŽn Klub.











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    here is the Canadian one : WIKKI LINK

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