For the Record: Armored Snail
Source: http://yuripasholok.livejournal.com/3844872.html Hello everyone, Yuri Pasholok published yet another of the strange and wacky ideas the Soviets came up with during the Second World War. Actually, technically, this “design” (called “armored snail” by the author) pre-dates the Great Patriotic War (as the Russian part of the conflict is known). It was proposed by T.F.Fatyanov from Leningrad in March 1941. As Yuri Pasholok writes, the idea was relatively normal from the WW1 static warfare point of view. Basically, it was an armored “torpedo”, weighing 100kg (200kg with a person inside), protecting the user with its 3-5mm thick metal plates. The designer proposed this “torpedo” to be powered either by the user (by hand and legs) or by a battery-powered electric engine. Needless to say, the project was not accepted in service.