M201 No. 12857 (above
and left) was rebuilt in 1970 at La Maltournee
and later fitted with unusual rear lamp units
with side repeaters mounted on the rear wings.
This is a genuine conversion and, apart from a
recent repaint job, the jeep is exactly as
received by the Tank Museum at Bovington direct
from the French army in the late 1980s. Note also
the need to reposition the side reflectors to
make space for the side mounted lamp units.
Its Nato markings from
the last period of service (now painted over)
indicated that it had served with the 10th
Engineer Regiment as part of the 2nd Army Corps
in Germany, which accounts for the conversion
being made to comply with requirements for use on
Alexander Horn (M201 No.
13,287) has confirmed this for me. He explains
that these rear lamp units and side repeaters
were the standard lamps the Bundeswehr used
during the 1960s and 1970s.
The lighting units were
mounted on nearly every vehicle the German
"Bundeswehr" used during this period (for
example Leopard 1 tank, MAN 630 L2 5t truck, and even the
Munga jeep though this did not include the side
repeaters). So it would appear that French Army vehicles
serving with NATO and stationed in Germany had their
lighting systems modified to German army standards.
Thanks again to Alexander for letting us know, JLM for
adding that the 10th régiment du Genie was based in West
Germany at Spire (Speyer in German) until 1997and Horst
Pratsch for pointing out that the Munga did not have the
side repeaters. The dashboard of the modified M201 is