A MILITARY vehicle of the type that played a part in stopping Adolf Hitler reach Moscow will be among those on display at Corowa next month.
Rutherglen’s Colin Young, a former army reservist, will have six of his ex-army vehicles at the 36th annual Corowa Swim-In and Military Vehicle Gathering.
He is particularly fond of his 1943 Studebaker UF6.
“Russians were short of transport and needed all-wheel-vehicles that could withstand the snow,” Mr Young said.
“They chose this vehicle because most had an open cab and the Studebaker was the only one suitable for a Russian winter, otherwise the drivers would have frozen in an open cab.
“When Hitler was trying to take over the place, this is what they used to stop him reaching Moscow.”
Mr Young said it was also his favourite vehicle because it could “go anywhere” with its 10 tyres and low gearing.
The March 9 to 15 event will involve army-vehicle lovers coming together for activities and parades.
Hosted by the Khaki Vehicle Enthusiasts Inc, the gathering has attracted more than 200 military vehicles in the past.
Enthusiasts’ secretary Jan Thompson hopes to entice similar numbers this year.
During the week, participants camp at Corowa’s Ball Park.
A highlight of the gathering is a parade in Sanger Street on Saturday, March 14, from 9am.
The vehicles will also be taken to Albury for a parade on March 11.