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Rust in peace: Haunting
pictures of the Belgian
´car graveyard´ where US
soldiers hid beautiful vintage
motors after WWII

Daily Mail (UK), by Emma Reynolds

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/3/2013 11:41:15 AM

This is the haunting sight of a ´car graveyard´ nestled in a Belgian forest, where vintage motors sit rusting among the fronds. The old-fashioned vehicles are thought to have been left in the wood near the village of Chatillon by US soldiers who were stationed in southern Belgium during World War II. When the war ended, military troops were sent home, but could not afford to ship the cars they had bought and hid them in the forest. Since then, other cars have been added to the cemetery, many by soldiers stationed in the area after the war.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: birddog, 1/3/2013 11:56:19 AM     (No. 9096569)

nearly all of the cars shown are from the 50´s- 60´s.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Shagpoke, 1/3/2013 11:56:23 AM     (No. 9096570)

Nice photos of abandoned vehicles but many of those shown were built well after World War II ended and the story is poorly written.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: laotzu, 1/3/2013 12:02:33 PM     (No. 9096578)

Can you imagine the reports if today´s soldiers in Afghanistan did this?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JIobaobubai, 1/3/2013 12:05:57 PM     (No. 9096583)

#s 1 and 2 are both correct. These cars were mostly, if not all, built after WW II.

But then again, are we surprised about ignorance in the press?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 1/3/2013 12:06:01 PM     (No. 9096584)

Just amazing. Thanks so much for posting.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: roadrunner, 1/3/2013 12:12:43 PM     (No. 9096593)

American soldiers fought and died to save Europe from the scourge of the Nazi´s and Russia, so now after the survivors are mostly gone someone dreams up this idea to blame a pile of rusting cars (i.e. environmental disaster) on American G.I.´s. Drop dead Belgium. Clean up your own mess.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 1/3/2013 12:45:24 PM     (No. 9096628)

Appears to be a totally bogus story, as none of the cars seem to be from the WWII era. Only an idiot journalist (a redundancy) would write this article without consulting with a vintage-car expert.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mackrand, 1/3/2013 1:46:45 PM     (No. 9096706)

Don´t look now but there are innumerable old cars scattered in forests here and there throughout the world. There was an old Model A rusting to pieces in a woods on a hillside in West Virginia where nearly full grown trees have grown up around the rust pile. One wonders when it could have been put there and why and above all else, how did it get there. Derelict cars abound. Nearly the only place you could store these old cars outdoors and expect them to remain intact for even a few decades is Arizona and possibly New Mexico. Certainly not in a wet forest in Belgium. What were they thinking? Why not just give them away to their neighbors as they left.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: wws, 1/3/2013 1:46:45 PM     (No. 9096707)

shoot, I can show you a half dozen spots here in East Texas that look just like that!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/3/2013 1:51:54 PM     (No. 9096720)

When we used to go deer hunting we would sometimes find old cars in the woods like this. No - it´s not unusual. In one case we couldn´t figure out how a late ´60s muscle car (I think a Challenger) ended up miles off the nearest road. We checked the trunk for a skeleton, just in case.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: schnapps, 1/3/2013 2:34:22 PM     (No. 9096796)

If this were Cuba, these cars would all be heading down the highway with large families inside.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rama41, 1/3/2013 2:38:06 PM     (No. 9096807)

Clean up your forests yourself, Belgium. Look east. Learn from the Germans.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: 3rdjerseyman, 1/3/2013 2:40:36 PM     (No. 9096810)

There´s an old model A rusting away in the woods by Little Round Top.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/3/2013 4:24:53 PM     (No. 9096980)

You expected more from the Daily Mail.
More´s the pity.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/3/2013 11:26:21 PM     (No. 9097499)

Somewhere there are environmentalist heads exploding and vowing to spend more of our tax dollars.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/7/2013 2:38:57 PM     (No. 9103502)

A read of the article and the photo captions turns up this information:

At one point there were four car graveyards around Chatillon, and as many as 500 vehicles, but only one ´plot´ - Part XL - remains today.

It contains around 100-150 vehicles, and some of the oldest models, although it has been added to by soldiers stationed in the village in later years.

The latest other cemetery on record sounds very different - it was relatively small and linked to several back gardens, with the cars dumped roughly together. The smashed motors were all from the sixties to the eighties, manufactured in Europe and the U.S.

Another contained cars made only in the fifties and sixties, left there by soldiers at a nearby U.S. Army base, perhaps following post war assignments.

Chatillon is one of the oldest villages in Belgium - and it is hoped that the beautiful car graveyard will be preserved for just as much time to come.


It started with the WWII cars.

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