Postwar Civil & Civilian use of WW2 Vehicles.

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by von Poop, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. George Blake

    George Blake Member

    It seems to be a hybrid chassis with the drive sprocket and track from a T-62 and the rest of the running gear of a T-34...interesting to see that they could make the combination work.
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  2. Owen

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    Oops I was looking at the top vehicle of the 2.
    I should read posts better.
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A beautiful thing, Dave.
    You have to wonder if those chaps operated something similar in more primitive conditions a few years before.

  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    I knew you'd like that one.

    At first I thought it was too big to be a Holmes W-45 but maybe it just has bigger post war wheels and derricks? Tires look like US military tread pattern though. Whatever it is I like it too.
  6. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Goring's Mercedes in Boston

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  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Looks like that got a full OD paint job, doesn't it. And received a fair amount of ragging. (Though I suppose a sea voyage might create such wear.)
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    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

  9. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    FF = Freiwillige Feuerwehr/voluntary fire Brigade
    FF Gersfeld, 1948
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    FF Oberstorf, 1947
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    FF Reitern, 1948
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    Taxi Service Zuers, Vorarlberg, 1949
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  10. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

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    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

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  12. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    My favourite post-war Civilian use of a WW2 vehicle - the “Freedom Tank” which was a German WW2 Sd.Kfz. 254 (Saurer RK-7) used to cross from Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain into West Germany on the 25th of July 1953
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  13. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    Everyone’s favourite - French Panther converted into a mobile crane

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  15. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Well-Known Member

    Whilst my uncles served in WW2 my father being slightly older and employed by the LMS Railway Company. He was in St John Ambulance Brigade which was heavily sponsored by the Company.
    LMS withheld permission for him to join up so he spent the war working in the daytime often loading whippet tanks etc onto trains at the local station when not delivering to local businesses, then going on ARP standby to attend air raids in the town and in Birmingham. The vehicles were delivered from the nearby Austin works at Longbridge and other south of Birmingham locations. Many Universal Carriers were stored at Hewell Grange an estate owned by the Earl of Plymouth and now a prison, awaiting delivery to various Railway stations..
    Towards the end of the war he was driving an American left hand drive Estate Car type ambulance ( possibly a Dodge) used by American Forces at their hospital in Bromsgrove Worcestershire.
    The vehicles were I believe owned by the local council but manned by volunteers from St John and Red Cross.
    Would anyone have an idea what this vehicle might have looked like. It was still in use in 1947.
    In1948 the National Health Service took over the ambulance service.
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  16. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Some variant of Mack N, I think. Might be only a 5 tonner?

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  17. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    King Michael of Romania loved Jeeps - on display at Savarsin Castle in Romania are a Ford GPW gifted to the King in 1944 and General Patton's 1944 Willys MB Jeep who gave it to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg at the end of the war

    King Michael also restored a 1941 Ford GP and a Bantam BRC 40 which were purchased as wrecks in the USA in 1977
  18. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    One of the nicer M26 conversions.

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  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    GMC AFKWX hard cab?

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