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USAAF gasoline container found

Discussion in 'Battlefield Relics' started by Skipper, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. Skipper

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    My next task is to find out how it got there. It's about 20 km away from Bricy. I wonder if this was a hidden supply depot.
     
  2. Martin Bull

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    According to Freeman, this is a standard 4,000-gallon towed tanker.....
     
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    Interesting find Skipper!
    this is the only photo i could come up with, but Martin's got it!
    Just tell the wife I'll be there to pick it up within the next two years!;)

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    4000 gallon! if only it were full, I'd be rich today! We are talking about a GMC truck right? Or is it another brand?
     
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    Skipper, I have a possible solution for you that will have your wife almost begging for you to get this tank to your home. Tell you wife that you could cut it into halves-(meaning top and bottom halves) and then your wife could use it as some sort of huge flower planter. ;-D

    Do you think she will go for that? ;-D
     
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    If you going cut that thing in half, use it as a swimming pool.
     
  7. Martin Bull

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    Back to Freeman again, the 6x6 7.5 ton tractor units were to a standard design ( the F-1 ) and were built by various companies including Reo, Federal and Biederman.
     
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    I'm learning eveyday here. Now I can imagine the tractors and how this got here. I really think it must have left behind after it was damaged and consequently sabotaged so that it coud not be reused. Why having cut out a perfect square at the bottom otherwise? Thanks Martin
     
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    Ohhhhh! That makes sense! Of course they would render it useless, they wouldn't want to leave a useable piece of equipment behind! Even if the Germans didn't have any fuel to put in it! hehehehe!;)
    Also, GMC, International Harvester, Mack and Studebaker (I think this is the same as Reo?) made heavy trucks as well.
     
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    My guess is that the containers arrived full , slighly before the main bulk of the vehicles arrived , then the the tractor and trailer would go back to the depot , get another tank, drop it at a new conquered advanced place and start all over again. The empty tanks would just be dropped behind, it was costly , but faster to bring new ones.
     
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    I haven't read much about the Red Ball Express, but I would think the same. Get the fuel to the front line fast, let them sort it out and go back for more. I always see it in the 55 gal drums, so someone must have been there to pump it from the tankers to the drums, to make it more mobile.
    Maybe you can list the tanker on ebay!:D
     
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    That would make sense. One 4000 gallon container would get you eighty drums which would make you a nice tempory fuel depot which would be abandonned when no more strategicly needed.
     
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    Have you seen any 55 gal drums near the tanker? I was wondering too, are there any removable badges or tags, that way you would have something from it?!
     
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    No drums there, but that's logical, a drum would have been scapped and/or recycled a long time ago and you don't expect to find full ones, do you? Drums would also be taken on trucks, they would not be left behind unguarded behind the front lines whereas gasoline was needed elsewhere. Actually I believe the supplies were emptied to the last drop , there is no pollution , or nothing left, the brownish water in the tank is more like a mix of rust and rainwater mixed with leaves and earth.
     
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    I was thinking maybe somwhere around this fuel truck there would be an old fuel dump. Like this one........a WWII fuel dump
     
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    Well there might be more. There used to be a query before the war,and this was totally filled up just after the war. So was this used as a dump? It's very possible. The problem is what's in there? Nothing? Junk? and Where? Besides the owner is reluctant to give me the permisison if I don't at least know where to dig and what to look for , so I will certainly need to get more information before I start looking for anything.
     
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    You guys have all the fun!

    At the very least Skipper, you got pictures, the size of that thing makes it pretty undesirable, in my book anyway! But it's a very cool find!
     
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    HIJACK --- HIJACK --- HIJACK ---- HIJACK --- HIJACK --- HIJACK


    I was doing a quick image search, and stumbled across this bada$$ Russian tanker truck....

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    English Russia ยป trucks


    It looks like something out of the Russian equivalent of 'Mad Max'.....
















    ..... Mad Ivan, maybe???


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    :confused::confused::confused:
    ......naaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!


    Okay..... back to this interesting tanker thread...

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    -whatever

    -Lou
     

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