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Could this be a ww1 truck with hard wheels on the back. Captured in 1940


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Interesting. A book that I have recently finished reading called 'a Soldiers Story' by Mike Wood says in it from diary entries that 522 Company of the 50th Division were using Thorneycroft J Types over in France in 1940??

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The hubs of the rear axles  have a design pattern more like a Dennis.  Also similar where some American trucks of WW1. Overall the chassis appears to have been extensively modified and strengthened, hiding features that could identify it. The front tyre appears to be 24 inch so latter 1920's. The radiator is too deep for a Thornycroft.  

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The crane is French, and the chassis looks as though it might have been made for it. It also looks as though it might have been three axle originally, with larger rear wheels, as the solid tyred ones look rather small?

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I don't think this is actually a captured vehicle as such.  It looks to me as though it has been used as a static crane - for unloading canal barges of gravel, perhaps?  The rear bogie isn't straight, there is a missing bogie - no sign of any controls in the cab and it is settled on bits of plank in addition to its jacks.  Just a thought.

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And the crane manufacturers are Les Ateliers de Bondy, Seine, who seem to have produced quite a range of machinery, much of it self-propelled. No idea on the chassis, though.

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