I have not heard about a jeep in Libya - I have heard about a machine-gun found near Zella Mehla - a copy of the info. is below.
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 21:22:02 -0600
From: Peter Kearns <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Gun Smuggling, a worldwide problem.......
Skeeter, I submit the following article as a change from the usual
content, although it is gun related......
The following demonstrates the futility of gun control laws and shows
the ingenuity of some very devious Brits. I worked in Libya some years
ago, and saw how a Thompson M1 was smuggled into the U.K. Our EOD
people found the Thompson in an area that was the stomping ground of the
Long Range Desert Patrols. For those not familiar with either the
Southern Sahara or the Libyan desert, an explanation is in order. Tire
tracks from WW2 are clearly visible some 50 years after the cessation of
hostilities, as the desert is not dunes and shifting sand, but is gravel
and compacted grey sand.
The Thompson was found beside fifty year old Brit tire tracks. the
wood was spongy and the action was seized. There was no mag with the
gun. We carefully removed the wood and set the barreled action into
diesel fuel for two months. Then disassembled the gun and gave it a
thorough cleaning. It was obvious that it would never fire again and
one of the Brits wanted it to hang over the fireplace in a pub he owned
in Warwickshire. The gun was totally stripped and eight technicians
each carrying different parts cleared customs in Tripoli, Paris and
London. I was given the task of supplying wooden furniture and a
magazine, (which I did on my next trip).
We actually sat in a corner of the pub and assembled the completed gun,
(also imbibing pints of the local
). Then imbibed in some more
while it was attached to an oak display frame and hung over the
fireplace. The little plate below bore the legend that this relic was
found near Zella Mehla, Libya and was now a deactivated display item...
The gun was British marked and clearly used by the forerunners of the
S.A.S. and IMHO was an historical artifact well worth preserving.