Well, I’m going to give this thread a bump, simply because I’m having a hard time finding a good online source of historical information about driving rules.
It’s easy enough to find information on which side of the road people drive on currently, but a lot harder to figure out how they were driving in the 1930s. This site http://www.travel-library.com/general/driving/drive_which_side.html has some historical information and says that “Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and the Channel Islands changed sides from left to right to conform to German practice during World War II.”
Floater, are you saying that Austria changed back to driving on the left for a while after WWII and then switched again to driving on the right, as they do currently? If that was the case, meeting an oncoming car on those Tyrolean mountain roads must have been pretty scary for a while there…
Can anyone confirm that the Dutch drove on the left prior to the Nazi occupation in WWII?
Are there any online collections of photographs of European street scenes in the 1930s? That would seem to be the easiest way to check which side of the road people were driving on. If not, I may have to break down and see if I can get a copy of the book by Kincaid that’s referenced on the above web site.