Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium

Right in the middle of a small forest near Chatillon, a little village in Southern Belgium, is a graveyard of abandoned and beautiful rusty cars. These cars once belonged to US soldiers who were stationed in this region. It’s not known how they managed to acquire these beauties in the middle of the war. When the World War II ended, all military troops were sent back to the US, but the cost of having all those cars shipped was way too expensive. The ranking officers decided to leave all the cars in Belgium. The cars were driven up a hill, one by one, nicely parked and somehow hidden from the outside world.

Once back home in the US, the soldiers who wanted to retrieve their car had to take personal responsibility for all costs of the shipping. Not a single car was retrieved.

At one point there were four car graveyards around Chatillon, and as many as 500 vehicles. Only one remain today. Over time, corrosion and decay have worn down the vehicles and what little remained were stolen by the locals and car collectors.

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17 comments:

  1. Good old military inefficiency - why not just park them with the keys inside? No, let's go ahead and trash a nice forest.

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    1. no problem... the forest is clearly winning :-)

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  2. The car bodies are mostly stemming from the 1950′s and 1960′s, put and left there as remainders from a close-by US Army base.
    I heard though that at least one of the two remaining spots has been cleaned out meanwhile. Too bad actually…















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  3. I think due to high cost of auto carrier services, no military personnel ship his car, which is why these cars are wasted and still left behind in this forest.

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    1. I think due to high cost of auto carrier services, no military personnel ship his car, which is why these cars are wasted and still left behind in this forest.


      oh how clever.... now where esle did I read that I wonder..

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  4. very nice , the colors and more .

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  5. Why haven't they sold the cars to locals?

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  6. These cara are all from the 1950s and 1960s, and have nothoing to do with the war. And US servicemen in Germany either take their cars with them, in case they are US-spec, or sell 'm. This is simply a Belgian car graveyard, and has nothing to do with American military.

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    1. Thankyou Martin, who writes this crap, do they live under a rock? Or worse still, think we do?

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    2. I live in Belgium and I've been looking for CHATILLON. It seems this town doe not exist in Belgium !

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    3. It does exist: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2tillon_(Belgi%C3%AB)

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    4. I was thinking those cars looked like they were from the wrong decade to be from WWII.

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  7. I live in another Belgium with internet enabled and look what I found:
    "Châtillon (Gaume in Tchekion) is a section of the Belgian town of Saint-Léger, located in Wallonia municipality in the province of Luxembourg of Belgium".
    Courtesy of Wikipedia.

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  8. Actually, the first commentor is correct. You see, the United States developed their first time travel machine at the end of the war and transported various vehicles (VW bugs primarily) to intimidate the Nazis into capitulating. It wasn't the Russians on the doorstep that ended the war - it was a full infantry division of futuristic cars closing in on Berlin. And of course, as America is the root of all evil, the vehicles were abandoned in the forest. As we learned in school, this initial build-up of rust in the forest from those very vehicles was the root cause of greenhouse warming. Darn Americans.

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  9. The cars are clearly from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Mostly 50s, therefore NOT from WWII. The author, like most of the world, wants to blame the US for it's problems. Geeze, if you're going to write a story, check the facts or at least alter your lie to coincide with the evidence presented.

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  10. the graveyard no longer exist. only tyers and small body partes are still there. I am curouse what did they do with all of these cars. this is very sad anyway

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  11. Definitely not cars from the 30s or 40s with the exception of a few. Some look 50s up to the big, long cars of the 60s.

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