From the original Volkswagen a versatile personnel car was developed and used in great numbers by the
German forces. More than 50,000 units were produced during the Second World War. This vehicle did not
had 4 x 4 traction, but the engine was air-cooled, reliable and easy to repair; for such reason this
vehicle was specially effective in North Africa.
Amphibious vehicle equipped with 4 x 4 traction, which could master any terrain and cross rivers due to
its integrated rear propeller. The special design of its bodywork made this a watertight vehicle. To
navigate across the water, the propeller is unfolded and thus attached to the engine shaft, and when the
vehicle reaches land, the propeller is folded again. While in water, the steering is made the same way
than while driving in land. With 15,584 unit produced, the Schwimmwagen has been the most widely produced
The world's most reknowned vehicle, used by all Allied forces from Britain to the Soviet Union, from
France to Afica, and the Far East. In the illustration it tows an ¼-ton towing. These wehicles were
fitted with 4 x 4 traction and water-cooled engine. The production numbers were impressive for a
military vehicle: around 656,000 units produced during the Second World War, including roughly 13,000
units of the amphibious version, which were not satisfactory for the US Army, being later most of them
routed to the Red Army, who had a better appreciation about them.
BMW and Zündapp motorcycles
Liaison missions were carried out by these extremely reliable motorbykes used by the German Army and
their allies, either alone or equipped with a sidecar and machine gun.
BMW R75 with sidecar
Entire motorcycle units were equipped with both BMW and Zündapp motorcycles. The BMW R75 and its rival
the Zündapp KS750 were both widely used by the Wehrmacht in Russia and North Africa, though after a
period of evaluation it became clear that the Zündapp was a superior machine.
Zündapp KS750 with sidecar
Well-known German multi-purpose motorcycle used through the Second World War, equipped with sidecar and
armed with the excellent 7,92-millimeter MG 42 machine gun. Zündapp produced more than 18,000 units of this type
for the Wehrmacht.