Photos of a traffic jam stuck in the woods for 70 years

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Well, above is a little how I feel at the moment,  On Sunday I suffered a Mild heart Attack- a wake up call thats for sure , and am now resting to get my worn out body back into shape and on the road, so, as I am at home, I thought I would blog about this very cool old Junk Yard in belgium, some great photos and cars from the 40′s to about the 1970′s by the look of it.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did, amazing to find out there are still places like this in the world.

 

70 years and still stuck in traffic, well- you would imaging that I was referring to a Monday on the 5 freeway in Southern California wouldn’t you?

 

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Rust in peace: Haunting pictures of the Belgian ‘car graveyard’

where U.S.

soldiers hid beautiful vintage motors after WWII

  • They had been stationed in the southern Belgium village of Chatillon
  • Shipping cars home was too expensive for the soldiers
  • They hoped to collect them later, but none were ever retrieved
  • The vehicles have now corroded and parts have been taken by collectors
  • Motors from soldiers based near the site at other times were added to the plot over the years

 

 

Around the town of Chatillon, Belgium, the end of World War II left a few creepy hallmarks of the armistice in the form of long lines of cars left abandoned by the hundreds in the woods. While one theory goes that the cars belonged to Americans who left them in a hurry on their way off the continent, But I think that it was way too expensive for the US troops to ship these vehicles back after the war, they just left them and it became a dumping ground.

 

 

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You can see that there are 1940′s vehicles but some go right up to the early 1970′s which is proof that this may of been a junk yard at some point.

 

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I know they say that the photo that says it all is in the composition but these photos show it how beautiful the forest has slowly taken over the vehicles, so I would call that decomposition.

 

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Wreckage: The shell of a car sits rusting in the speckled light shining through the trees, in what has now become a popular attraction for tourists

 

Piece of history: The cars were parked in the middle of a forest near Chatillon, a small and ancient village in Southern Belgium
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Camouflage: The vehicles now blend into their surroundings because their bodywork has rusted and is covered with moss

 

Waving goodbye: The exodus of American soldiers from Chatillon took pace on March 2, 1947, with the area still in chaos

 

Bruised and broken: Châtillon is situated in the deep south-eastern corner of Belgium, towards the port of Antwerp

 

Rich tapestry: Some of the cars in the fascinating cemetery were parked there by soldiers on tours at later dates
Treasure trove: The most attractive parts that have not rusted away have been stolen as souvenirs by locals and car collectors

 

Recyclable: Other parts of the cars have been taken to help fix similar vintage models, which can be expensive to revamp

 

Crumpled: Rows of cars stand in orderly fashion between the trees in the atmospheric wood
Standing firm: Years of debris has built up around the cars and vegetation grows around them

 

Back to the earth: The collapsing cars seem to be becoming part of the natural environment again

 

Stay tuned: It was too expensive for the US army to ship the cars over to America, but they had hoped to recover them later

 

Last one left: At one point there were four car graveyards around Chatillon, and as many as 500 vehicles

 

Tales to tell: Chatillon was used as a base in both World Wars and for post-war operations

 

Neatly parked: The other graveyards in the area are thought to have contained cars roughly dumped together by soldiers in the 1950s and 1960s

 

Blowing the doors off: The cars, which would have been used to run errands and transport soldiers from place to place, have been ravaged by time rather than guns

 

Old-timers: There are other car graveyards all around the world, from Switzerland to Montana to an underwater cemetery in Legrena, Greece

 

Streaked with tears: The cars act almost as a memorial for what took place in Belgium and across Europe

 

New and old: Cars kept being brought to the same graveyards by GIs after their post-war tour was over
Eerie and enchanting: The spot is hugely popular with photographers and 'Urban Explorers'

 

 

Action stations: The spot could make a perfect film set - as has happened at other car graveyards

 

 

Modern history: Around 100 to 150 cars in various stages of decomposition stand in the spot

 

Different style: The Americans brought great change to the war after arriving in 1918

 

Wreckage: The shell of a car sits rusting in the speckled light shining through the trees, in what has now become a popular attraction for tourists

 

 

Piece of history: The cars were parked in the middle of a forest near Chatillon, a small and ancient village in Southern Belgium

 

 

 

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