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My late father, who was stationed at Tinian during the war told me after the Japanese surrender was announced and talk of being shipped back home swirled, a great number of Jeeps were tossed into the drink so there'd be more room on the ships for men.
Yeah, any vehicles surplus to requirements were left overseas in order to keep the domestic from being flooded and the car companies driven out of business and raising unemployment at the same time the labor supply was growing by leaps and bounds from demobilization.
In the engineers we were told all abandoned equipment must be permanently disabled. ie, a magnesium charge on the top of the engine.
They still had plenty in stock. My dad bought a new in the box mil surplus Jeep in the mid 60's. It was one of the late 44 Jeeps built by Ford that sat in a warehouse for 20 years until the Army decided to sell it.
Look up "Million Dollar Point" in Vanuatu....
When the HMMWV's replaced the M151A2's just before Desert Shield, part of the government contract was that there would be one-for-one swaps of jeeps for the new HMMWV's. My guys drove ours up to Barstow for the swap. At the swap point they drove our jeeps up onto a platform where they were unceremoniously chopped in half. This was to keep the M151A2's from saturating the jeep market. Damned shame. I would have bought one of those.
I recently acquired a 1946 CJ-2A....one of the first civilian models release after the war. According to the serial number, it was the 968th one built that year!