Photos Military equipment used by civilians postwar

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With so much used gear laying around, it didn't take practical people long to find uses for it.

The German army used a lot of horse drawn wagons - these captured examples are about to be used by Soviet farmers. (The woman is a switch tender for the railroad.)
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Former artillery barrels made good roof supports
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There were a number of uses for the thousands of German helmets - these are being converted to "chamber pots"
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This one is now a strainer
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Pot for heating things like wax or lead
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Scoop for cleaning toilets
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Artillery case scoop or mug
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Japanese rifles, many of which were sold to American surplus dealers
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Old bayonets made into candle holders
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Artillery tractors like this Komintern work must as well for farm implements
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Same for tanks like this one being used in a logging operation
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Everyone can use a fuel can - there were countless of them available after the war
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Same for a "spork" to put in your lunch cooler
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I'm not sure what could be done with old submarine batteries, but there was apparently a demand for them
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