Ford F198T V3000S Jul 4, 2015 8:42:49 GMT 1
Post by fordflathead on Jul 4, 2015 8:42:49 GMT 1
So far all the pictorial "evidence" put on the table has turned out to be something else. The official Ford history gives no proof the F198T saw Wehrmacht service. No genuine data plate has survived on any F198T that gives a production date prior to August 1944. The parts book refered to off course gives an indication that something was going on or being planned between the Germans and the Poissy factory, but does not proove anything materialized into F198Ts being delivered to the Wehrmacht.
Probably tens of thousand Wehrmacht soldiers served in Paris during the war, hundreds of thousands in the rest of France. Hundreds of thousands Allied soldiers fought or transited through France in 1944. Many of these men had personal cameras with them and took a lot of snapshots in the streets of peaceful Paris, of everyday military life throughout France, in battle, and after battle was over. So did civilian French people. Photos by the tens of thousands.
Isn`t it strange that no known photos shows a single F198T in the distance of a street scene, in a German military column, at a battle scene, or in a post battle collecting yard of enemy vehicles? None?
All of us who are interested in old wehicles appreciate a classic truck like the F198T being preserved and restored, and we admire good work being done. The F198T is well worth to preserve. It is no problem fitting it out as a Wehrmacht vehicle. Not at all. The problem starts when owners claim it to be something it is not, and fool unaware buyers to pay big money for fake merchandise. Today I may be the dissapointed victim, tomorrow you may be the looser. Is this how we want it to be?