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1944 James ML & 1942 Ford Jeep - Allied Motors
What the axis forces had to deal with when these landed over their heads
By : Kyle Pereira & Rohin Nagrani | Published : April 03, 2012 | Photos : Kartik Ware
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Catch phrases like ‘lily livered rats’, ‘those blimmin Jerries’, ‘dumkopf’ and Kamerad are etched in the minds of every single Commando comics lover. The dramatic visuals of exploding tanks, trains and aircraft, stories of deceit and traitors, of exceptional bravery and sometimes over the top drama has introduced dime a dozen young lads into the fascinating history surrounding World War II. Of course, the machines itself were always central to the stories and as Josef Stalin put it to the Americans in 1941, the side with the largest number of machines would win the war. That led the allied war machine to churn out hundreds of thousands of vehicles on assembly lines that didn’t stop to catch a breath until the end of the war in 1945. Two of those machines that made a big impact were the James ML and the Ford Jeep, which is why they adorn these pages in the best of livery and, well, passable army uniforms.

Drop shot

'Achtung! Englanders am Himmel', yells the soldier at the top of his voice, pointing into the night sky. A long drone of the air-raid siren cranks up, rousing slumbering German soldiers, and spot lights come on, searching the heavens for the birds of prey. In the distance, the silhouettes of the big Avro Lancasters can be seen, flying slowly like pregnant birds, their bellies filled with little explosive eggs waiting to be laid. The ack-ack guns swivel, gunner crews break into a sweat, reloading furiously as the barrels let off lead with small blazes from the muzzle flash suppressors.



Little do the Germans know, there is death coming to them from behind their backs as well. Another Allied aircraft, this time a Douglas C-53 Skytrooper, has dropped off some gifts for the Jerries - a bunch of famously lethal commandos. They leap off the aircraft in the dead of night, undetected as everybody's concentrating on fending off the bombers in front of them.

The paratroopers get their feet onto the ground and they are armed to the teeth. Their drop zone is a couple of kilometers away from the anti-aircraft gun nests and mobility could be an issue. Not this time, however. They've got their rides all right - little James ML motorcycles that were airdropped with them.    

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  Posted by sandy at 4th April,2012
Wow! A classical battle plot with classical war horses. This is better way of describing those classic days marbles where "necessity was the father of invention". And refreshing, as it reminds us about where was the technology seven decades ago. The bike reminds about my sold out mountain goat called Hero Puch Shakti which shares similar characteristics as James ML bike but with half size engine and Ford's jeep reminds about our mini SUV hungry market and upcoming Ecosports which produces double power but with half size engine. Past cars were pure mechanical guys job, today's car is a moving engineering college. Senior citizens find today's nomenclature quite disturbing say CS for compact sedan, until they find their 3 decade old Premier Padmini is a valid licence holder of being a CS and also takes the benefit of excise duty. They call these manufacturers as Bullish for kidding us by dividing the segment through names and ruling on it and making "invention as father of necessity". Wel
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