Today, members of Univem are going to participate to 3 different events! Initially, this brotherhood celebration was to be celebrated on the 8th of May, for the Victory Day. But finally, because of Covid reasons, the cities of Les Loges-en-Josas, Toussus-le-Noble and Buc (in the vicinity of Versailles) held it on the 25th of September.
In the morning, a part of the convoy went to Les Loges-en-Josas, with a stop in front of the war memorial.
Then, the convoy was separated in two. Half-Tracks M3 and M5, the Dodge WC-51 and some Jeeps went to join the International M425 and its semi-trailer which was sent directly to Buc in the early morning to serve as a support for a choir.
The other part of the convoy (composed of the GMC DUKW, the Half-Track M16, the Dodge Command Car and the Ward-La-France M1A1) went to the city of Toussus-le-Noble, to join the Sherman and the Diamond T M20 which came directly from Satory in the morning (of course, the Sherman with a tank transporter, but the M20 on its own power!). At 11:30, the mayor gave a speech to introduce the new monument in a form of a 1:1 scale Faman MF10 model. A friendship drink was then offered by the city.
After a small demonstration, the Sherman tank was back on the tank transporter and all the vehicles were driven to Buc to join the other ones around the War Memorial.
The lunch was offered by the city to the members of Univem. Then, a small but very interesting exhibition of the 3 cities during WW2 was to be visited.
In the afternoon, the spectators began to arrive, and after the mayor’s speech, the rides in the vehicles received a huge success from the public.
Eventually, around 5pm, it was time to go. And after a successful day, the members and all the vehicles of Univem took the road back to Satory.
Some more pictures in Toussus-le-Noble taken by JC Peyrard:
And some in Buc taken by the city’s photographer: