Photographer's Note

These are some of the trucks left behind by the US Air Force after World War II on the abandoned US airbase on the Ikateq channel (see previous post for details). After the US forces left, local hunters removed the engines, seats and anything else that could be usefully utilised, and what remained was left to rust under the metres of snow that covers them each winter.

Surprisingly the tires (I will spell them the American way seeing as they are US tires) are still in very good condition after more than 60 years of exposure to the harsh Greenland weather (see Workshop here for a closer view of the truck on the left).

Back in 1944, the US Rubber Co (now Uniroyal) created a slogan for its tire advertising that read: “Tires that bullets can’t stop” (the US Rubber Co was a major supplier of tires for the US armed forces during the war). These tyres (sorry, tires) didn’t see any action in Greenland, but they have certainly stood up well to the elements and look like they could be there forever.

So with apologies to De Beers and Ian Fleming, I wondered whether the title I have given this post could make a new advertising slogan for Uniroyal.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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