Military field kitchen

History This mobile food kitchen is a model manufactured in 1916 ; one item is shown at the WWI museum in Meaux. This kitchen was, during this period, horse-drawn, fitted with removable carriage arms. This model was subsequently modified in 1936, then again in 1938. Various manufacturers produced it : – Compagnie générale de construction Atelier…

The big parades

Being member of the association also gives the opportunity to participate in big official parades where the crowd is always enthusiast when watching all these vehicles, often spectacular, always historical. Béthunes, Arras, Paris suburbs and even the Champs Elysées are only a sample of the great parades to which UNIVEM has participated and continues to…

Paris Liberation, 1999 commemoration at the Jean Moulin museum in Montparnasse

 

An unusual sight : our vintage vehicles in the modern landscape of the Montparnasse railway station in Paris, with the magnificent garden covering the tracks below.

These buildings host the Jean Moulin museum, a historical figure of the French Resistance during WWII.

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Artistic experience in 2000

UNIVEM cooperated with artists in April 2000 and liberated a lot of space in its garage, then still at Issy-les-Moulineaux.  But more important, we gave permission to wrap completely the vehicles with aluminium foil.  An astonishing result, but rather convincing, even if there was no link whatsoever with our “pledge to remember”! A field of…

US 10-ton Trailer

History This trailer is more widely known in France under the name of “Fiche 75” than under its real name “semi-trailer, cargo, 7-ton (10-ton gross)”. This designation « Fiche 75 » arises from the French Army which used numerous items post WWII. The designation was also repeated in the civilian sector due to the use…

40′-12.5 ton Trailer Co. of America

Historique The 40’ trailer manufactured by Trailer Co. Of America was initially designed for US Air Force and intended to carry lightweight and cumbersome parts, like aircraft bodies or wings. Usually linked to the « wrecker » Federal 606, referenced C-2 which was equipped with a fifth wheel coupling and a stacker crane, this trailer was also…