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#1 Kuno

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:54 PM

Something historical from my side:

The only known LRDG patrol truck in Egypt sitting on the old route from Ain Dalla to Big Cairn. I had the chance to write a small article in a UK magazine's February '11 issue. Nice truck:

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:59 PM

Those tyres look brand new after all those years.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:05 PM

Excellent - It does amaze me how the desert seems to preserve everything.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:07 PM

Someones had their spanner on that engine too!
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#5 Kuno

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:23 PM

The engine was removed only recently.

...and the tires are still infalted!
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:39 PM

Lovely stuff.
So do we you know the specific circumstances of it's abandonment Kuno? Or do we have to buy that magazine.

(Which mag by the way?)
Ah, Can just make out 'Military Machines International' on the picture.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:52 PM

... the story of that particular truck is that it belonged to S-Patrol and went lost with a broken steering in April 1941 when LRDG HQ moved to Kufra.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:44 PM

Kuno,

That is a marvellous photograph of the truck.

Is it likely to be removed in the near future? or just left to be robbed of pieces and rot.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:18 PM

Excellent - It does amaze me how the desert seems to preserve everything.


Drew,

I recall reading many years ago about the Lady Be Good, a B-24 found in the Libyan desert 16 years after being lost on a 1943 mission to Naples. The aircraft and the bodies of the crew were remarkably preserved.

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#10 Kuno

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:30 PM

Is it likely to be removed in the near future? or just left to be robbed of pieces and rot.


I have sent a copy of the magazine to somebody in Baharia oasis. Most of the Egyptian desert drivers come from this place but do hardly know anything about such war relics. Now, once they know, I hope that its importance is recognized. not only for history but as well as an interesting point for tourists travelling the desert...
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:34 PM

Hi All,

I'm suprise it's still in one piece, most of the time the LRDG tried to blow them up...

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 07:36 PM

Drew,

I recall reading many years ago about the Lady Be Good, a B-24 found in the Libyan desert 16 years after being lost on a 1943 mission to Naples. The aircraft and the bodies of the crew were remarkably preserved.

"Lady Be Good" B-24 Bomber, Quartermaster Graves Registration Search and Recovery



the lack of moisture in the air could explain as to why they rust more slowly
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:08 PM

Thanks for that post. Made my day.

I've always loved abandoned trucks but never saw a WWII one before.
I'm guessing that's a Ford CMP? The tires look like the same ones used on the Canadian Chevys they used.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 09:48 PM

Its is a Ford and a 'Canadian' -> A CMP 30-cwt Ford F30
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:41 PM

Those tyres look brand new after all those years.


That is an amazing find! And I agree with Mr. Moose; those tires look almost brand new!
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