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Belgian trucks in the Congo, WW2

June 1 2008 at 1:44 PM
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nuyt

Now I see it:

June 1 2008, 2:11 PM 

on the colour pic: it's Tintin and his little dog!

 
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Bill Murray

Thanks for the pics

June 1 2008, 5:53 PM 

Nice shots indeed, Nuyt.

I would not have imagined that a Mack NR (a 6 0r 7 I think) would have made it that far out in the world.
The last photo also shows some interesting Chev trucks which appear to be 1942 models, 3 tonners it looks like, with interesting wheels.

I am wondering if this series of photos was taken very late in the war or perhaps even after the war was over. I do think that the Belgian Forces inherited a lot of Canadian and US equipment in the 1946-1950 period.

Regards,
Bill

 
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Leonid

Re: Thanks for the pics

April 23 2016, 7:40 AM 

Hi!

What US trucks are pictured here?
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Weather traps U.S. trucks
How formidable natural barriers here can be is illustrated by a cavalcade of American-manufactured Belgian trucks, bearing prisoners to Addis Ababa, which is toady trapped by weather conditions in the mountains and will not be able to return until the dry season turns mud into dust. The Italian-built network of smooth autostrade ends more than 300 miles from the Province of Galla Sidamo.

The photos and text are taken from "The Belgian Campaign in Ethiopia" by George Weller
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/Belgium/Ethiopia/index.html

Leonid

 
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Nuyt

Chevies I think

April 24 2016, 10:37 AM 


 
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bill

Re: Thanks for the pics

April 24 2016, 12:23 PM 

The upper photo is a 1941 Ford, the lower group are Chevrolets as Nuyt suggests

 
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Leonid

Re: Thanks for the pics

April 24 2016, 1:42 PM 

Thanks, but what model these Chevrolet trucks are? Could it be "4403" (see photos from MLUhttp://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?p=97619) or this is an earlier model?
http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=21027&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1458496954

 
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Nuyt

Well

April 24 2016, 2:17 PM 

I suspect the Chevies were lend lease delivery to Belgium, see this document on page 20
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/ref/LL-Ship/LL-Ship-3B.html
in which they mention 576 4x2 cargo trucks to Belgium. But what exact type? Couldbe civilian type 1434 ...

 
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nuyt

Or similar ones to the Russia order

April 24 2016, 9:12 PM 


 
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bill murray

chev id

April 24 2016, 9:23 PM 

I believe Nuyt is correct.
Chevrolet 3116 model with 134" wheelbase.
The 4409 had a 160" wheelbase and was supplied in much smaller numbers.

 
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Nuyt

Well

April 25 2016, 5:26 PM 

I learned from the best happy.gif

 
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