Great pictures !!!!
Ben, no doubt the US had excellent maintenance protocols and Top Rate Troops that did the greatest of work maintaining and preserving the fleet!!
What I should have said is the European Allies have spent 60 years maintaining,
preserving, and taking very good care of their WW2 Vintage Vehicle fleets and securing the Peace in Europe !
I wish the USA had done that with our WW2 vehicle fleets, like the jeeps, Dodge WC series, and such. Spend 60 years maintaining the jeeps, and Dodges, would have been effective and worthwhile .
The issue is that just after the WW2 Victory, manufacturers and politicians decided to replace them all with brand new, using new designs, and bigger heavier trucks etc, more expensive, harder to maintain, just look at the size of the truck tires !
In my opinion, they were no where near as great designs, as the WW2 designs that were used and maintained throughout Europe for 50 to 60 years,
and were much more maintenance intensive and had no comparison to service life of the WW2 European maintained fleets!
The taxpayer would have expected maintenance and rebuild, but were "out voted" into replacing everything.
Huge costs compared to maintaining what we had !
Post war fleets never really held a candle to the WW2 fleet, and they still don't, and never will.
Think of the damaging NOISE level of post war diesel trucks and Humvee's, they are in no way superior to WW2 equipment !
The Europeans are to commended making their WW2 US equipment last these many decades, when the US didn't even try !!!!
The French Military should get an extra special commendation for not only preserving their massive WW2 Fleet of US vehicles,
but also manufacturing the awesome M201, WW2 style in every way, just upgraded !!
That is what I meant to say, and hopefully more of WW2 vehicles and M201's , as well as m38's and M38A1's get restored everyday around the world to save historical legacy for future generations !!!!!
Before the weeds and scrappers, and rust get them !!!!!!
One of these days, I will post many French Domaines sales catalog pictures, from the late 1990's.