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Very interesting 5,000,000 th WW2 1944 jerry can

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Ah but what I'm looking for Ian is the 375,000,000th cardboard box produced in readiness for D-Day.

 

Did you see the switch he has that is popular on certain trailers?

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-EX-MILITARY-VEHICLE-LUCAS-31001-DIP-SWITCH-AUSTIN-BEDFORD-DAIMLER-HUMBER-/291675646786?hash=item43e9392b42:g:kr8AAOSwa-dWsLBN

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Ah but what I'm looking for Ian is the 375,000,000th cardboard box produced in readiness for D-Day.

 

Just re-reading my post in the light of day Ian. Although it was meant to be jokey it was not meant to be flippant, the figure was not plucked out of the air! I share a curiosity with statistics of supply, whether they are jerrycans or cartons & boxes. I was impressed, by not just the figure, but by the effort made by a range of ordinary people to help in any way they could.

 

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The extract came from a 1945 edition of an Army Quarterly. Seeing your link & recalling the statistic reminded me I am trying to collect these publications. Went hunting & bought these, so your post helped me expand the collection. :D

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231816249375?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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I did read somewhere 5, 000, 000 Jerry cans were allocated to the Normandy invasion. However by the time it came to the crossing of the Rhine, only 3,000, 000 could be found. :D

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That's because every French farmer liberated some soon after they themselves were liberated.

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Yes I know! :D On the 65th anniversary I repatriated two that had been in the back of a barn since 1944. Funny enough they were sand coloured and that was the original colour.

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