Off road spare tire mount. Coloured mtb tyres.
Battle of the Bulge: the tank attack in Hemroulle
I will post a then and now picture of this spot. Almost directly on this spot a German tank was knocked out as the Germans mounted an armored assault on Hemroulle and Champs during the siege of Bastogne On December 25th, the Germans attacked in force in Hemroulle and it led to an incredible fight involving skirmish lines made up of artillerymen, cooks and others. This picture goes along with the following story I picked off the internet. This is road running to Champs to the north from Hemroulle. this is looking towards the area where B Compay of the 502nd was. Tank destroyers of the 705th came in from the right and knocked out German tanks in this field and on this road. Here is a story I pulled off the internet Just as the first light of Christmas morning broke, the S-2 of the 1st Battalion, First Lieutenant Samuel B. Nickels, Jr., came at a dead run into the chateau where the Headquarters, 502d, was. "There are seven enemy tanks and lots of infantry coming over the hill on your left," he said.16 He had first sighted them moving along parallel to the ridge southwest of Hemroulle. (Plate 36.) They were striking toward the ground where the 502d and 327th joined hands.17 The Rolle Chateau was emptied almost before Lieutenant Nickels had finished speaking. Cooks, clerks, radio men and the chaplains collected under Captain James C. Stone, the 502d headquarters commandant, and rushed west to the next hill.18 From the chateau gate at Rolle, the road dips down through a deep swale then rises onto the ridge where it joins the main road into Hemroulle, about two miles northwest of Bastogne. The road line is on high ground all the way until just before it reaches Hemroulle where it drops down again to the village.19 Captain Stone's scratch headquarters force ran across the swale and took up firing positions close to the road and facing westward.20 Within a few minutes they were joined by the men of the regiment's wounded who were able to walk. Major Douglas T. Davidson, the regimental surgeon of the 502d, had run to the chateau stable that was serving as a temporary hospital, rallied his patients, handed them rifles and then led them out against the tanks.21 They could see the tanks coming on toward them now. From the archway of Rolle Chateau it was about 600 yards to the first line of German armor. (Plate 38.) Colonels Chappuis and Cassidy and the radio operator looked westward from the archway and could see just the outline of the enemy movement in the dim light. They were now the only men at the headquarters.22 Colonel Cassidy called Major Hanlon and told him to leave Company B where it was but to get the company ready to protect its own rear and then try to get Company C faced to the west to meet the German tanks as they came on.23 The 327th Glider Infantry was already engaged. At 0500 Colonel Harper had heard by phone from Company A of his 3d Battalion that 18 enemy tanks were formed for attack just east of Mande-St.-Etienne.24 At 0710 the German armor supported by infantry of the 77th Grenadier Regiment smashed through the positions held by Companies A and B.25 In coming through the companies, the tanks fired all their guns and the German infantrymen riding the tanks blazed away with their rifles. The spearpoint of the German armor had already broken clear through to the battalion command post.26 At the 327th regimental headquarters Colonel Harper heard by telephone of the breakthrough, and on the heels of that message came word from Lieut. Colonel Cooper that his 463d Parachute Field Artillery Battalion already had the German tanks under fire.27 At 0715 Colonel Allen, the 3d Battalion (327th) commander, called and said that the tanks were right on him. Harper asked, "How close?" "Right here!" answered Allen. "They are firing point-blank at me from 150 yards range. My units are still in position but I've got to run." But Colonel Allen's battalion had not been wholly taken by surprise. "Tanks are coming toward you!" Captain Preston E. Towns, commanding Company C, had telephoned to Allen. "Where?" Allen had asked. "If you look out your window now," said Captain Towns, "you'll be looking right down the muzzle of an 88."28 Christmas Day was just then breaking. Colonel Allen stayed at his 3d Battalion, 327th, command post only long enough to look out of his window, and prove what Towns had told him, and to call Colonel Harper and tell him he was getting out. Then he ran as fast as he could go and the German tanker fired at him as he sprinted toward the woods. He could see the muzzle blasts over his shoulder in the semidarkness. But all of the shots were leading him. The Germans were giving him credit for more speed than his legs possessed. Two members of Allen's staff followed him. As they all came out of the other end of the woods, men of Colonel Chappuis' 502d Parachute Infantry along the ridge road saw1989 Ford Bronco II
Wow, what can I say about the Ford Bronco II other than: what a piece of crap. I purchased this vehicle based on the upmost pleasure my sister had owning one. Unlike me, she had bought hers in reasonably good shape. I, one the other hand, fell back into my poor college student mind set figuring I could pick up one cheap, drive it for a couple years, and then dump it. I was fully into the disposable society concept in those days. This truck was made in the days when Ford was using Teflon primer. Paint would fly off the truck as I was driving down the road. I wanted to have the truck stripped and repainted but could not find anybody that would stop laughing long enough to give me a quote. Having come off my successful experiences modifying the Jimmy, I again picked up the skill saw to complete one project on the Bronco II. This particular truck came with the spare tire mounted inside the cargo area. It took up a large amount of space and just didn’t look as good as he outside mount. I looked at the hatch and noticed that Ford was considerate enough to include all of the mounting hardware on the body even though there was no tire carrier on the back. Off I go once again to my trusty junk yard to pick up a rear carrier, spare tire, and various Bronco insignia that were missing from the body. Luckily, because the rear hatch opened fully up (different from the jimmy that had a split hatch, ? up, ? down), they had made it out of plastic to keep the weight down. This made it very easy to cut the notches out to clear room for the carrier mounts. Another successful project, and one more reason for the neighbors to think I was an absolute lunatic. This truck lasted me roughly 6 months before it just plain stopped running. I had had so little enjoyment with the truck up to this point, I cut my loses and had it towed.
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