Kubelwagen lands police in trouble
Greater Manchester Police has been forced to apologise after posting a picture on social media of two men in Nazi SS uniforms next to a Volkswagen Kubelwagen with the caption: ‘ These two likely lads trying to invade.’
The tweet was sent on 7 August from the M62 motorway. The post showing the two uniformed men next to the militaryspec VW generated social media outrage.
A member of Orthodox Jewish Community took to Twitter to describe it as ‘Not right.’ The two men involved in the incident were returning from a WWII re-enactment event in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester.
Speaking afterwards, a police spokesperson says: ‘A tweet was posted on a GMP local social media account on Sunday 7 August 2016, which caused offence to a number of people.
‘ This post was deleted as soon as were made aware of it and we apologise for its content, as it was unacceptable. This matter has been referred to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch.’
The Volkswagen Kubelwagen, also known as the Type 82, was designed by Ferdinand Porsche for military use. It derives its name from a shortening of the German phrase ‘bucket seat car’.
Police tweet was soon deleted from Twitter