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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 8:48 p.m. PST

"Europe, 1945: cities reduced to rubble, millions of people displaced, and landscapes colored with the rusted shells of destroyed tanks and weaponry, reminding everyone that events which shaped history happened only yesterday.

However, while the war machines which suffered on the field of battle piled up to hundreds of thousands, the front was never smothered in abandoned hardware. After the war, the number of wrecks left in the field was far lower than one would expect.

There are several reasons that explain why this was the case, and all of them are related to scavenging war material. Armies wanted to re-use as much of a destroyed vehicle as possible…."


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Gerard Leman21 Feb 2019 12:16 p.m. PST

Sure, during the war, re-using bits of damaged vehicles was SOP in all armies, particularly those at the end of a long supply chain. After the war, the victors wanted to make sure that usable equipment did not end up in the wrong hands – the Western allies were concerned about "Werewolve" and the Soviets were concerned about the Ukrainian independence movement.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2019 4:59 p.m. PST

5 days after D-Day my Dad (a back yard mechanic) was taken off the line because their motor pool had been destroyed. He said they got all their replacement parts from wrecks in "no mans land" for well over a week.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2019 11:27 a.m. PST

An interesting job without doubt…


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