Terrific pictures on the Dunkirk 1940 Inland France and Belgium thread Did the Germans have some form of recovery Corp.? On another thread the collection of iron railings and pots and pans in UK was shown as not adding much to the War Effort. Taking it that most of the transport and weapons were rendered useless there must have been many thousands of tons of high grade scrap metal . Did this get recycled?. As an aside I seen to remember a lot of fuss in the papers over a chap called Dawson making millions clearing the Normandy beaches. .