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  1. Dear all Thank you very much for your contribution and your input. That's highly appreciated! I just travelled around Aussie a few months back. Saw the Belfield collection a few years ago before it was sold. I was very surprized to see a Swiss M1A1 in his collection. Greetings Chris
  2. .... just had a look at the Tankograd TM 6029 about the Heavy Wreckers. So a Kenworth had the same bumper as the WLF. The wrecker on the pic above had therefore probably replaced it before the Swiss laid hands on it.
  3. Identifying US-vehicles

    Great pics, have a look at the TM 9-2800, you'll find the technical data in there.
  4. ... according to a friend, M1A1 Kenworths had a different bumper than WLF. Can somebody confirm that? Here's an example of a Kenworth bumper?? In official Swiss Army documents this wrecker is a Kenworth. However, the chassis number says its a Ward LaFrance. So I'm a little bit confused.
  5. Thank you Sean. I saw this site but I think it doesn't tell the difference between WLF and KW, just compares the different series models?
  6. Thank you for your Input. I thought that raise in the radiator brush guard was only valid for the M1 models, not the M1A1 models? The Swiss Army extensively used these Wreckers, so I'll try to find out how many Kenworths actually were by comparing pics. Easiest way is telling by the chassis number, but have got only about half of them. Of the M1 wreckers there was one Kenworth for sure (preserved in Burgdorf CH), not sure if there was one or two others. As in official documents they usually called "Ward LaFrance". So have to dig further...
  7. I was wondering if there are any visible differences between an M1A1 Wrecker made by Ward LaFrance and Kenworth. How can you disdinguish them? So far I found only the differences between the older M1 Wreckers. Any help is appreciated. Thank you Chris
  8. ... used by the tank repair units. The first one at Pzj G13 (Hetzer) equipped units, the second one at L Pz 51 (AMX-13) equipped units. Ward LaFrance M1A1 M-81534 by Massimo Foti, auf Flickr Ward LaFrance M1A1 M-81568 by Massimo Foti, auf Flickr
  9. ... used by the airforce Ward LaFrance M1 by Massimo Foti, auf Flickr Ward LaFrance 1000 by Massimo Foti, auf Flickr
  10. ... the indicators look Swiss style. Found this period pic were you can see it well. Compare also with the other two. Diamond T969B by Massimo Foti, auf Flickr Diamond T969A by Massimo Foti, auf Flickr
  11. .... great, thanks for posting. I found her details.
  12. ... have a look here and here http://www.militaerfahrzeuge.ch/unterkategorie_11_8_330.html http://www.militaerfahrzeuge.ch/unterkategorie_11_8_75.html The tank troops used 60 Ward LaFrance, the airfield troops only 30. From nearly every series the Swiss used them. Two friends and I recently published a 300 pages hardcover book about all Swiss Army Vehicles and Tanks, from 1900 - 2015. We discovered some more information about Ward LaFrance and Diamond Wrecker usage in the Swiss Army. However, I won't publish that in the internet because it took a lot of research.... Book «Fahrzeuge der Schweizer Armee» (2015) by Chris
  13. ... because your Wardi was used in the tank repair platoon. Wreckers were used at airfields and in the tank repair plattons.. Your Wardi was probably latest used in a Platoon were only AMX-13 were used (no Centurions and Swiss Pz 61/68).
  14. The cable reels look like this one here: Diamond T969B by Massimo Foti, on Flickr
  15. Your Ward LaFrance is clearly a former Swiss Army. On top of the cab is written " L Pz 51". That means Leicht Panzer 51 (light tank) and refers to the AMX-13. Referring to your Diamond it's hard to tell. Glad to see some more survivors. If you write me the chassis numbers by PM I can probably tell you the Swiss Army's registration number. Greetings Chris
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