D Day clean up after the invasion

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D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by pinjarra » 08 Aug 2022 04:34

Who cleaned up all the mess, damaged and destroyed vehicles on both sides, and what about all the gliders, what happened to them. Then al the rest of the stuff that was discarded during the first few weeks, like fire arms, rations, tents, ammo boxes, and artillery.

Some one or special units must of been deployed for the task and how much was recovered or destroyed by burning or being burried.

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by LineDoggie » 08 Aug 2022 09:56

"There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here".
Col. George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by Sheldrake » 08 Aug 2022 11:32

German PW cleared the minefields

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by Richard Sands » 08 Aug 2022 12:31

I once worked with a Guy who served in the RAF as ground crew, He went over a couple of weeks after D-Day to reclaim Gliders, they were shipped back and they then made new gliders out of the reclaimed bits and pieces.

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by Hans1906 » 08 Aug 2022 16:37

In Germany, the years after 1945 were a gold mine, at least three or four local scrap merchants made a fortune from it all.
It makes no sense to go into detail, but the stuff was still everywhere in the 1950s.

Tanks, tracked vehicles were everywhere, we children were warned to look in the woods, we were looking for German assault rifles, none of that was ever particularly funny.

The world war was not an issue, we played "war" with weapons, dug up ammunition, we were very lucky.

Our childhood friend Michael lost an eye from old ammo.
Young Michael was brave, we ran away, Michael handled all that crap, curiosity was formative, ignorant kids...

You can't keep kids away from something like this and that was exactly the theme, adventure, suspense, that's exactly how it was.

The paradise of the successful lends itself perfectly to a hell for the unsuccessful. (Bertold Brecht on Hollywood)

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 09 Aug 2022 18:23

The French government administered the bulk of the clean up. They had plenty of people around who had been involved in the clean up after the Great War. Scrap merchants were contracted for much of it. Construction contractors of course for the buildings. The French Army had first dibs on the German equipment that was still useable. As late as 1948 the French were still maintaining a battalion of salvaged Panther tanks.

In Japan 1950-1954 US military demand for steel planks for temp pavement, girders for bridges, and frames for logistics shelters created a market for the wreckage of the former navy lying derelict in Japans ports and breaker yards.

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by Michael Kenny » 09 Aug 2022 19:45

When 59th Infantry Division was broken up in late August 1944 its 197th Infantry Brigade became a Battlefield Clearance Group.

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Re: D Day clean up after the invasion

Post by Delta Tank » 31 Aug 2022 16:50

That was a really good video!


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