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Kubelwagen

Kubelwagen

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.

Schwimmwagen

Schwimmwagen

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 amphibious vehicle.

Willys Jeep

Willys Jeep

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

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

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

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.

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