The Algerian War of Independence was a war that waged for 8 long years beginning 1954 between colonial masters France and the Algerian National Liberation Front. Algeria finally gained its independence in 1962.
France wanted to retain Algeria under any circumstances as it was a large resource for oil and did her utmost by sending more troops, munition and combat vehicles to counter the locals. In 1959 while the war was being waged, Capitaine de Corvette (CC) Eugène-Pierre Babot was the commander of the French naval aviation wing. He wanted the French made Willys Jeep (manufactured by Hotchkiss) to be replaced by a more versatile and lighter vehicle. He selected the Citroën 2CV which was already under use by the Naval Aviation Helicopter Wing called G.H.A.N (Groupe d'Hélicoptères de l'Aéronavale).
So the 2CV is modified and made lighter so that it could be transported or dropped from the air in remote areas to fight the rebels. To do this, the doors are sheared off and the windscreen removed. The bottom and the sides are reinforced with special steel to avoid being destroyed by landmines. American made 75mm caliber M20 recoilless gun are installed and other small changes done. The vehicle is named Jules, the radio name of Commander Babot.
These modified Citroën 2CV Jules were made for the next 3 years until the war ended.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||7 x 4 x 3|