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The Portable Army Bread-Mixer

It makes six thousand loaves an hour

���The bread-making outfit is mounted on a specially constructed motor-truck so that it can fol- low the troops. It is operated by current from the truck engine or from a separate motor

��AGAIN has one of the necessities of J-\ this great war proved itself the mother of invention and produced a machine to do work that previously had only been done by hand or by expensive and cumbersome installed machinery. This time it is a portable army bread-mixing machine capable of mixing the ingredients into dough; molding the dough into any shape desired and dividing it into pre- determined weights which can be regulated by the simple movement cf a hand-wheel.

With a crew of five men, the machine will make six thousand loaves of any size, weight or shape in one hour. This is the same amountofwork which now re- quires the serv- ices of 112 sol- diers mixing bread in the field by hand work. In ad- d i tion, the dough is ma- chined in a sanitary man- ner, the fin-

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��charged from the machine directly into baking pans ready for the ovens.

The mixer dumps the dough into troughs, where it rises. It is then removed to the machine proper where it is divided and molded after being rolled and kneaded as it passes through on chain-driven belt con- veyors.

The entire outfit is mounted on a specially long wheelbase motor-truck so that it can move forward and follow the troops or change its position as required. The bread-making machinery is carried wholly within the motor-truck body. This has low sides to fold down as platforms on which the men can stand, and canvas side- walls which are extended to form a tent twenty-four feet wide and twenty-eight feet long when the outfit is set up in the field for operation. Current is pro-

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��The bread is mixed, kneaded, weighed, formed into loaves and discharged into baking pans — all by machinery

��vided from the truck engine.

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