Compound 219 (the secret that helped win wwII)


Mi General
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Feb 29, 2004
I bet you've never heared of it,

Compound 219 was the means of waterproofing every Allied vehicle in England prior to D-Day, so that its engine would run under water during those critical moments on the beaches when the whole Operation Overlord hovered between disaster and success. Now for the first time ten years later, the full story of Compound 219 can be told — with the names of the three men who made it possible. It began when an American Transportation Corps Captain walked into Room 219 in Cecil Chambers, introduced himself to the burly man behind the desk, and asked for help. The man was Mr. F. J. Slee, Industrial and Marine Lubricants Manager of Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd., who has been in the lubricants business for more than 35 years.

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Im looking into this, anybody anymore info ? (Y)
When I did my A level Military History many years ago, the class was told about Compound 219. But I’d forgotten about until reading this article.


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