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My 1943 Ford Jeep Manual.

 

I know I have made reference before about buying my first Jeep a Ford GPW, the seller worked at the Austin Motor Company in the UK before and during the closure of the factory.  He was moved from the production line when they stopped making cars and given the job of burning all the hundreds of worldwide manufacturers manuals from the technical library.  Owning the Jeep several of the US wartime manuals caught his attention and he took them home to save them from destruction.   This Ford manual being one of the manuals, the Austin logo is rubber stamped on the top right of the cover.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 17  2024. 

 

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56 minutes ago, General Apathy said:

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My 1943 Ford Jeep Manual.

 

I know I have made reference before about buying my first Jeep a Ford GPW, the seller worked at the Austin Motor Company in the UK before and during the closure of the factory.  He was moved from the production line when they stopped making cars and given the job of burning all the hundreds of worldwide manufacturers manuals from the technical library.  Owning the Jeep several of the US wartime manuals caught his attention and he took them home to save them from destruction.   This Ford manual being one of the manuals, the Austin logo is rubber stamped on the top right of the cover.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 17  2024. 

 

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So much gear was just destroyed with no thought to preservation. I remember talking to an ex RAF guy who was given the job of smashing up wooden aircraft recognition models, he asked if he could take some home for his kids but was told he would be done for theft if he tried.

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53 minutes ago, Escht said:

Hi Ken

That's a blast from the past........ prices back then reflected what I paid for a 3 ton box wagon full of original Jeep spares, several body tubs, windscreens, chassis and not forgetting the rolling chassis with engine and gearbox already 100% restored. Seem to recall you had a very happy few hours going through it all back at my unit in Lichfield. All came about after a hunt for a replacement engine for YOA 97 took me to a guy near Worksop who had been hoarding Jeep parts since the end of the war. He had stuff hidden away in several relatives garages and sheds and a farmers barn. He wouldn't sell me an engine but enjoyed showing us his rolling chassis restoration. On leaving I said if you ever do decide you want to sell anything give me a call. About 2 yrs later that call came in and the rest as they say was history.

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Hi Kevin,

 

 I only ever wanted to buy original old stock pieces, sadly when I look at some of the reproduction parts that are now sold to recent Jeep owners that have never seen the original pieces such as the webbing across the top of the radiator and the felt pieces sold for the sides and top of the radiator.  The thin brass plating on some parts that should be solid brass and cheap thin plating on other parts.  

 

Some more blasts from the past I bought off you, and I still have many other pieces as well for when I had more than one Jeep.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 17  2024. 

 

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Well time to get back to the Then & Now at Trevieres.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 17  2024. 

 

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Well time to get back to the Then & Now at Trevieres.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 17  2024. 

 

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Well time to get back to the Then & Now at Trevieres.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 17  2024. 

 

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So I have been meaning to make a ‘final thoughts’ post on the Normandy 80th commemorations, but returned to a heavy workload back in the UK.

 

But Father’s Day weekend resulted in an unplanned visit to the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester, who were one of the D-Day assault-wave elements on Gold Beach and I know how much you all like jeeps on this thread!

 

Cheers……John

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Random shots in and around Trevieres.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 18  2024. 

 

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Sunday's local find.

 

A local farmer asked me Sunday if I wanted this five foot German barbed wire stake, he wanted five euros for it, he held his fingers up to indicate five but as he had a finger missing he said laughingly ok, four.  The bottom is split for embedding in concrete and some small remains show on the base. 

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 18  2024. 

 

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Today 18 June 1940.

 

On the 18th of June 1940  General De Gaulle made a speech from London for the French population to continue the fight against the Nazis invaders. 

 

 

 

Below is my framed copy of his speech.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 18  2024. 

 

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On 6/3/2024 at 11:49 PM, General Apathy said:

.This evenings meal photo 03 June 2024.

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,   June 01  2024. 

 

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Finally found some time to catch up on the board and post some photos from my Normandy trip two weeks ago...
The above photo was taken on the day friends arrived hauling the Harley motorcycles and Jeeps we were to run around on and in the following days.
Before that I only had my WW2 US Army bicycles on hand to run around...

After I arrived on May 30th I took the bike and rode around Pointe du Hoc and to Grandcamp and back...
It was still fairly quiet then...

 

 

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The next day I visited the Airborne Museum in Ste Mere Eglise to check out the new hall they built to display the WACO Glider...
Turned out rather nice...

 

 

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Next day I flagged Ken down in his Jeep and followed him to the Longest Yarn display in Carentan...
Unusual display but nicely done.... 'The Longest Day' in wool.....

 

 

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On June 1st I made my way to the Overlord Museum on Omaha Beach where plenty of German (armored) vehicles were on display...
There was a BIG!! cat amongst them...

 

 

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Bonjour.

 

What is a shame is that the area has become "Disneyland" 
40 years ago, it was wild, no barriers, no trails. Freedom!

Sol.

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On Sunday June 2nd, I was invited by the 29th Division Association to attend several ceremonies on Omaha Beach, the US Cemetery and beyond...

 

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And again on Monday, the 29th was honored in Isigny.
Steve Melnikoff (175th Inf/29th Division) amazed all of us at 104 years old!!!!!!!

A 29th helmet recently discovered in the region was shown around

 

 

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Tuesday saw us participating in a WW2 Military Harley-Davidson run....
Around 175 bikeriders took part....
Impressive!!!

 

 

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Wednesday 5th June was Jeep time....
Did a nice tour from Grandcamp towards the Utah Beach region visiting interesting places along the way...

 

 

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June 6th was so hectic around Omaha Beach, we made our way inland and visited Periers and surroundings...
Also visited one of the many vehicle camps in the region and at the Crasville Battery one we spotted this themed bench....
Gave us some ideas for woodwork this next Winter...

 

 

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June 7th!! French Gendarmes came to warn us POTUS was going to visit Pointe du Hoc, so if we wanted to leave we'd better get out of there..
Not without taking some photos we didn't.... ;-)

And by pure coincidence we drove by the location of General Bradley's 1st US Army HQ in the Summer of 1944

 

 

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Great reports and photos, Johan. 👍👍👍! Sorry, but I have no more Likes to give. 
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On Saturday we picknicked out in the fields along the main road into Isigny where we watched the 350 vehicle Liberation column go by...
An impressive array of US vehicles...

 

 

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