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1955 Ward La France.
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No: 7148   Contributor: Antoon de Lepper   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Ward La France   Country: The Netherlands
1955 Ward La France.

Ward La France 1000,
ex. USA-army ?
6 cylinder Diesel, 107 kW,
saw this truck a week ago.
Dutch, old blue license plates;
AB-49-52.
Landday / Landdag 2011 Altweerterheide / Weert,
in the South of The Netherlands.
Picture added on 11 September 2011 at 18:12
add commentComments:
I believe to see a Kenworth M1 Model 570 or 571 from 1941-1942-1943 !

Added by Anton Haspels on 11 April 2012.
Yes, this is a Kenworth. See the straight top of the brush guard in front of the radiator. WLF had a peaked top. See photo 1587.
July, 2012

Added by Phil, Bklyn on 26 July 2012.
Anton & Phil; I've rechecked the Dutch civil registration desk for road traffic today ( RDW.nl )
This truck is officially been registered in the Netherlands as a tow truck of the brand Ward La France.

Added by Antoon de Lepper on 12 October 2013.
Antoon, in "Wheels & Tracks"no. 3, Bart H. Vanderveen writes an interesting article "Kenworth and Ward La France M1 and M1A1 heavy wrecking trucks of World War II". Among other things he says: "Many people, especially in foreign countries, generally referred to all these wreckers as Ward La France".

I think that "our"Kenworth in that period is set down by "the Dutch civil registration desk"as a Ward La France, although it is - and there is no doubt - a Kenworth!
If we look to the many differences between the Kenworth and Ward La France, we see f.e.:
1. front fender: Ward La France: the front fender goes up to the running board, the last long section is straight and not bent.
Kenworth: the front fender, which is semi-circular, exceeds the running board.
2. Drip Mould above the door: Kenworth: the ends are bent.
Ward La France: the ends are straight.
3. Profile on door underneath door-glass: Kenworth: wide,
Ward La France: narrow.
4. Hinges door: Kenworth : not visible
Ward La France:visible.
5. Brushguard: Kenworth: flat top.
Ward La France:peaked top.
6. Cooling-slots hood: Kenworth: not extant,
Ward La France: extant.
7. Wipers: Kenworth: on the roof.
Ward La France: on the frame windshield.
8. Footsteps to crane above the running boards: Kenworth and Ward LaFrance: different models.
This list is not complete, but contains the most striking details.

Added by Anton Haspels on 20 October 2013.
Anton; I believe you !
regards, Antoon

Added by Antoon De Lepper on 21 October 2013.
Add'l info WLF Kenworth links
Here are links with text and pictures:

www.lostimagesofww2.com/photos/machines/ward-la-france-m1.php

www.collect.com/newsarticle.aspx?id=28105

www.olive-drab.com/od_mvg_vehicle_id_cranes-wreckers.php

www.militarymashup.com/ww2-wrecker.htm

www.milweb.net/features/wardlafrance.php

ebay WW2 reference photos
tinyurl.com/n8pdyq4

very informative book by David Doyle
tinyurl.com/m72so6b


Added by Phil Gilson on 23 October 2013.
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