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WW2 Jeep hoods used to repair a German garage discovered after 70 years

Including special paint designed to detect poison gas

2y ago

After six years of war, most of Germany needed to be rebuilt in the mid 1940s. But a lack of building materials resulted in some ingenious solutions – including using discarded bonnets from allied Jeeps.

Some 70 years after their repurposing as building materials, the friend of a former German Air Force officer called Paul Greve stumbled upon them – Paul then told his story to the team at Jalopnik.

Paul, who is a member of the Luftkriegsgeschichte Rheinland – a group that specialises in air force history – looked into the history of the Jeeps.

Greve said that he immediately knew they weren't aeroplane parts because that the hoods weren't made out of aluminium and discovered they were Jeep hoods.

These specific jeeps are believed to have been involved in the post D-Day battle of Normandy because of the yellow paint on their bonnets. The yellow substance on the hood, known as M5 liquid Vesicant Detection Paint, was used to detect dangerous chemical agents.

The reason they used this paint is because the Americans were fearful that the Germans might use dangerous chemicals like they did in World War 1 which lead in 1943 to them using the liquid.

Also, the jeeps are believed to have been in the Battle of the Bulge and support with the Battle of Remagen.

There currently is even one of these jeep hoods are for sale now on eBay for $600 which is cheap considering this is 70 years of history.

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Comments (2)

  • It's amazing what various countries did with the Jeeps they were left strewn with.

      2 years ago
  • That’s really cool!

      2 years ago