Surplus Stocks

Tim Gosling looks at the disposal of the vast number of surplus vehicles left by the US Army in France following the end of World War One

Rows of Model T Ford staff cars and light trucks ten abreast stretch off into the distance

With the armistice signed, the German troops occupying France and Belgium slowly withdrew into Germany and across the Rhine. Following closely behind them came the British, French and US forces which would occupy the Rhineland to ensure the German Army disarmed and disbanded as per the armistice terms. 

The centre of occupation for the US forces would be the city of Coblenz where a bridgehead across the Rhine would be established. To undertake this task the Third Army was formed which comprised approximately 230,000 officers and men. 

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