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When France was occupied by the Germans in 1940, major French factories like Citroën were forced to produce equipment for the Nazis. Citroën president Pierre-Jules Boulanger knew he couldn't just refuse to produce anything, but he also knew there's no way in hell he's going to just roll over and build trucks for a bunch of Nazis.

 

Pierre had a plan.

 

John Reynold's book Citroën p2CV describes Boulanger's sabotage efforts. Of course, he instructed workers to set a nice, leisurely pace when building trucks (likely Citroën T45 trucks) for the Wehrmacht, but that's fairly obvious. What was brilliant was Boulanger's idea to move the little notch on the trucks' oil dipsticks that indicated the proper level of oil down just a bit lower.

 

By moving the notch down, the trucks would not have enough oil, but German mechanics would have no idea, because, hey, the little notch on the dipstick says it's just fine. Then, after the truck has been used for a while and is out deployed somewhere crucial, whammo, the engine seizes up, and you've got a lot of angry, stranded, vulnerable Nazis, balling up their little fists and madly barking curses in German.

 

It's such a fantastic act of sabotage: it's extremely cheap to implement, it's subtle, there's no way to see something amiss is happening as the trucks are being built, and it delivers its blow away from the site of the sabotage and when it will cause the most inconvenience and trouble.

 

That's some mighty good sabotaging, Pierre.

 

Happy 100th Anniversary, Citroën. The Free World thanks you.

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Wow.

You gents have set a new record.

Successful thread drift on the very first reply to a normal, sensible, interesting post!

 

 

But then again.........

Since OME actually brilliantly sabotaged the thread, does his post still relate to the OP title?????

 

Oh why is life so full of confusion?

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Wow.

You gents have set a new record.

Successful thread drift on the very first reply to a normal, sensible, interesting post!

 

What would happen if someone started a thread called Thread Drift. How do you thread drift from thread drift?

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Grandsons into Drifting.

Looking for a cheap Android tablet for engine management.

must be doing well at it as he's building a competitive car, and putting all his money into it.

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