Conceived as a more nimble alternative to tanks for crossing the trenches that dominated the western front, the Sandpiper actually found it’s calling on the vast plains of the east.
Originally designed for frontline combat, the spindly frame proved unable to support the armor required for such a role. It was stripped down and converted for recon duty on the shifting lines of the eastern front.
Introduced late in the conflict, it nevertheless proved a highly effective scout vehicle, able to traverse the most difficult terrain, and capable of surprising speed in open countryside. The Sandpiper was equipped with a state of the art wireless radio and a .303 caliber machine gun, used primarily for defensive purposes.
Pretty steam punky I know but that's a good old-fashioned internal combustion engine on there.