U.S. soldiers in England, install wire cutters on U.S. jeeps before shipping them to France, during World War II.
Devon England Date:1944, May 30 Duration:3 min 6 sec Sound:NO SOUND
U.S. soldiers of the 87th Chemical Battalion (mortar) make field modifications by installing wire cutters on army jeeps, at the D-Day Marshalling Area Camp in Shiphay, Torquay, (Devon) England during World War 2. U.S. soldier paints an angle iron vertical post (wire cutter) fastened on bumper of a jeep. He pastes U.S. flag on the windshield and writes OK in chalk on the front bumper. Line of modified jeeps travel along road after completing check ups. Soldiers use hack saws to cut pieces of metal and hand drills to put holes in bumpers where angle iron wire cutters will be fastened. They use files to take sharp edges off the angle irons. A soldier slips washers and bolts on an angle iron and tightens them with an adjustable wrench. (Note: These angle iron vertical rods, mounted on a vehicle front bumper, were meant to cut wires that might be strung across roads to injure or kill otherwise unprotected drivers of open vehicles, such as Jeeps.)
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