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November 28, 2020

1918 Military Operations With Holt Crawler Tractors

Before Holt and Best merged in 1925 to form Caterpillar, the Holt Company was world known for its crawler tractors.

In the early teens of the 20th Century, Holt partnered with several branches of the United States military to deliver crawler tractors for their tactical operations.

The photos below were taken in April of 1918 at Fort Monroe, a military installation located in Hampton, Virginia. The Fort is on 565 acres including 8 miles of waterfront and 3.2 miles of beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. The Fort was decommissioned in 2011 and became preserved as the Fort Monroe National Monument.

These photographs give a unique look at the United State’s military past.

A Holt crawler emerging from the stream.


Holt crawler tractors forging a stream. 1918


Holt crawler tractors forging a stream. 1918


Holt crawler tractors forging a stream. 1918


View of parked Holt tractors, some with their canvas coverings. 1918


Three Holt Crawler Tractors, most like Model 75s with the tractor in the foreground getting ready to pull a truck out of the mud.


Low production 6-cylinder Holt 120 Crawler Tractor pulling a truck through the mud. Only 2 working models of this tractor are still known to exist. 1918


Truck being hauled out of the mud by a tractor. 1918

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