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Sinsheim museum. Ref. 1
BMW R75. Ref 4
2 cyl boxer, 750 cc, 26 ps. This MC was a copy or rather the reverse, of Zündapp Ks750. You can easy see the difference that BMW doesn´t have a pressed plate frame and front fork. The 2 wheel drive MC could be loaded up to 670 kg and succeeded to run 92 km/h. It had 4 gear front, one reverse and terrain gears. Petrol consumption, from the 24 liter of the tank, gave a normal range on road 340 km, and terrain 240 km. Produktion 16500 units.
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Zündapp KS 750. Ref 4
2 cyl boxer, 750 cc, 26 hk. With a total weight of 400 kg this 2 wheel driven MC could reach a speed of 95 km/h. It had petrol for 330 km on road and 260 in terrain. It had foot gear changer and loaded 270 kg. Produktion 18000 units. See also BMWR75
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Dnjepr. Ref 4
A Russian copy of BMW 750. It was so identical that many spares were fully replacable between the German and the Russian. It was produced in many different versions. Furthermore 2 different qualties were manufactured. One for the army and one for the public. Many of you perhaps have realized that hardening in gearbox gears were missing.
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NSU Kettenrad. Ref 4
4 cyl, 1500 cc, 36 ps. Heinrich Ernst developed 1939 a transportation vehicle for not so heavy loads, as machine guns and the like. 1941 it was put on series production at 2 factories and was produced until 1948 after the end of the war. According to information it was very useful for the farmers.
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Opel Blitz. Ref 4
6 cyl, 3600 cc. This is a lorry with the sign of an Opel, which you can see from the front ribs. Weight 3350 kg and could take a useful cargo of 3.1 ton. It had a preselected gearbox with 10 gears forward and 2 reverse. The lorry could speed up to 80 km/h during 300 km on road. The car on picture is an air gas design.
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Mercedes Benz terrängbil.Ref 4
A 4-wheel drive terrain car wit all wheel drive, steering and differential lock up. Supplied with 4 cyl, 2000 cc engine with power of 42 ps. Only produced upp to 1941 with 180 units. Sinsheim museum. Ref. 1
Kraus-Maffei Halbketten. Ref 4
6 cyl, 5700-6200 cc, 115-140 ps. This was a 8 ton pulling vehicle, did 50 km/h and had a range of 250/120 km. Expect Kraus-Maffei even Daimler Benz, Büssign-NAG produced these types. Most of them were equipped with Maybach engines, although there were also BMW and DB engines. Kraus-Maffei produced over 10500 units of the 8 ton type. Totally produktion of all of these types were 39000 vehicles.
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Demag Halbketten Zugmaschine. Ref 4
6 cyl, 3800 cc 100 ps, 1939-1944. With a weight of almost 5 ton it reached 65 km/tim and a range of 230/130 km.It was mainly aimed for pulling wagons, in the first hand guns for ex. the 88. The type was delivered in 6 different models that could pull from 1 to 18 tons. No other war power used this kind so much. It showed a complete garrison för its purpose. At the end of the war, when self propelled guns had been produced, it was used for fast move of troops to other critical places. One of the reasons to the successful resistance against the Russians was that the German troops, on retreat, could quickly strengthen certain sectors. Was also frequently use in the Berlin end combat. At the end of war it was still 11000 units left. Produktion at Demag, Adler, Büssing-Nag, Saurer-Werke and MWC total of 19570 units.
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Kübelwagen. Ref 4
4 cyl air cooled, 1131 cc, 25 ps. With 4 gears, 80 km/h and 440 km this, light and good working transport car, was very well accepted on all war battle fields. With irreversible lock up differential it was produced in over 50400 units. Porsche who got the comission, 1939, from Hitler to develope a car like this, used the already tested Volkswagen Type 60 and took the bottom frame and engine. With the changes to higher free ground clearance and a light open body it was ready to deliver in short time.
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Amfibie Kübelwagen. Ref 4
The same time Porsche developed Kübelwagen he also constructed this amfibie. It could in water transport 4 fully equipped soldiers and 1 MG.
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Light tank reconnaissance. Ref 4
This was a vehicle for reconnaissance and was not produced in many units. From the beginning it had Adler 6 cyl, and later Horch 3.8, 6 cyl and Auto Union V8. It was also produced 6 and 8 wheelers. Armed with machingun and not to many shots it was mainly used for reconnaissance.
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 Renault type UE Chantilette. Ref. 4
Light armoured (7 mm) tank for transport of ammunition to the front line. equipped with Renault 85 engine with power output of 38 ps. It made 30 km/h 180/100 km. 6700 units were produced.
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 Bren Gun carrier. Ref. 4
An English support vehicle. Equipped with different kind of machine guns. Crew of 3, 2 in front and one handling the weapon behind. From the beginning developed by Vickers, but produced in several places. Equipped with English Ford V8, 3600 cc, 65 or 85 ps.
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 Tank recover vehicle. Ref. 4
Build on Sherman M3 tank. It had many different engines Continental, GM-diesel or Ford. Ford had a newly constructed V8 petrol with 500 ps. All Sherman that was delivered to Russia had petrol engines. Sherman was in combat first time at the battle of El Alamein.
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Tank recover vehicle 74 ton. Ref. 4
See former picture.
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 Sherman M4A3. Ref. 4.
V8 cyl, 450-500 ps, petrol, 1942-45. 33.5 ton and equipped with 7.62 cm gun and 3 machinguns. Lots of different version were done with various building system, equipped with several kind of power plants. Continental, GM, Ford and others. Over 40000 units of this tank was manufactured and the tank that was most common. Exported to Russia and England. The Russians didn´t like it because of the thin armour, high silhouette and that it had a petrol engine. In spite of weak armour and a gun that couldn´t penetrate the tanks of Panther and Tiger, it got its success because of quantity. Read more under recovery Sherman 32.
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 M26 Pershing. Ref. 4.
This early prototype of Pershing, where different opinions of equipment did that it was delayed and was not showed up at battle line until it was to late. Prototypes that was sent to front had different guns, but the views, if it should be 75 or 90 did that USA instead put money on Sherman tank. Pershing had Ford GAF-engine.
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 Jagdpanzer Hetzer 38 ton. Ref. 1
6 cyl, 8000 cc, 160 ps, 1944-45. Vikt 14.5 ton. A successfull tank hunter produced in 2800 units. Build in Prague Czekoslovakai on the hull of Panzer II-III. First aktion was at Ardenner offensive. This was a model that Fieldmarchall Heinz Guderian initiated. Problem with these types was that the gun couldn´t adjacent angle more than 10°. The production continued after the war with export for Russia and Schwitzerland. Max speed 38 km/h and range 260/170 km.
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 Panzer Haubitz "Hummel". Ref. 1
V12 cyl, 12000 cc, 300 ps, 23.5 ton, 1942-44. It was build on panzer III-IV. In the beginning of war, all artillery was separate and mostly pulled by horses, later "Halbkettenwagen" started to take over, but it was really not enough. When they begun to rebuild older tanks to selfrunning artillery, it was an advance. "Halbketten could now be used to move infantry quickly from place to place. This moved the war technic forward. The disadvantage with "Hummel", a name that was forbidden, was that only 12 rounds of shots could be brought with. It was all time dependence on ammunition supply.
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 PanzerJäger "Jagdpanther". Ref. 4
V12 cyl, 12000 cc, 700 ps, 1944-45, 46 ton. Production 774 units. Another development of selfrunning artillery and tank destroyer. This replaced first of all the famous 88, which could penetrate enemy armour on up to 3000 m. The 88 was pulled by a "Halbketten" and was late to withdraw because it had to be made ready for transport. Jagdpanther was build on Panthers chassi thats way the engine power. It was also so heavy that Germans had no road transport for it, only railway. One cause for the speed of 50 km/h and range of 240/160. Just like an ordinary tank.
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 Panzerjäger "Marder II". Ref. 4.
6 cyl, 6200 cc, 140 ps, 10.8 ton, 1942-44, speed 40 km/h, range 230/160. Another selfrunning tank destroyer, build in Prague on Panzer III-IV chassie. It could with the 7.5 cm gun penetrate 92 mm armour at 900 m. Production 2069.
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 Panzerjäger "Marder III". Ref. 4
Technical data as Marder II. Production all models 3574. Note that the gun tower is not able to revolve so the driver had an important task to bring the "Jäger" in the right direction. The crew was standing upon the engine. It was rebuild on Praga 38t hull.
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 Panther V. Ref. 4
V12, 12000, 700 ps Maybach petrol, 1942-45, speed 46 km/h, range 160/100, crew 5. Production all models 11326 units. When the Russion T34 came 1941, the German war command started to tremble. All efforts was put in to bring a new tank, that could match the T34/76, to the battle front. Involved were Henschel, Man, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. MBs model had diesel engine and was almost a copy of T34. It was ordered but cancelled. Henschels prototype was developed to the Tiger while Porsche had technical problems and later became the "Königstiger" 70 ton and also Maus 190 ton with only 2 prototypes. Development of a new model, build on what they had, became Panther which showed to be superior of the T34/76. But it was no time to produce them in sufficient numbers for influence the outcome of war.
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 Panther IV. Ref. 4
V12 cyl, 12000 cc, 300 ps, 24 ton, 1936-45, speed 45 km/h, range 190/130. This tank was produced in almost 9000 units, in several different versions. It was also used for Jagdpanzer and as a artillery carrier. The tank had from the beginning a long 75 mm gun.
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 Panzer 38 ton. Ref. 4
6 cyl, 7700 cc, 125 ps, speed 42 km/h, 11 ton, 1938-42, range 190/120, crew 4. Was produced in Czechoslovakai Prague, why it was called Praga 38t.
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 Panzer III. Ref. 4
V12 cyl, 12000 cc, 300 ps, speed 40 km/h, 1942-43, weight 23 ton, range 230/150. This was the model for Panze IV. Producer Daimler-Benz, Man, Henschel and Wegman (flamthrower). Total production 5959.
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 Sturmgeschütz 40. Ref. 4
Technical data Panzer III-IV, weight 20-24 ton depending on version. A supply vehicle for infantry equipped with 75 mm gun and build on either Panzer III or IV chassies. Started to develope 1936 but priority was 1941. Last version E had a Maybach V12 engine at 265 ps. Total production 10446 units.
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 Sturmgeschütz . Ref. 4
Later modell of the 40 former picture. Version G. Production 7720 units.
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 Sturmgeschütz  Tiger. Ref. 4
Build on Tiger chassie. A 38 cm rocket launcher was mounted. Had only a range of 90/60 km. Crew 5.
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 Rysk SU 100 Destroyer. Ref. 4
A tank destroyer with a gun that could fire a shoot 20 km? with good result. Build on T34/76 with development from SU85, which means the last model during the war. Weight 32 ton. Had a V12 cyl, 39000 cc diesel engine, 500 ps. Production 3240 units during 1944-45.
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 Rysk T34/76. Ref. 4
V12 cyl, 39000 cc, 500 ps diesel/petrol, weight 32 ton, speed 50 km/h, crew 4, range 455/260 km. The tank that together with Panther and Sherman everybody talk about. Production 35120 units all versions 1940-45
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 Snow vehicle. Ref. 4
American design that was brought ahead for the destroying of Rjukan Norway (heavy water). But it didn´t became ready. It was equipped with a Studebaker 6 cyl engine. Was after the war sold among other countries even to Sweden. One unit is on show at Historic Military Museum Malmköping Sweden.
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 Willys Jeep. Ref. 4
4 cyl, 2200 cc, 54 ps. Together with Kübelwagen this was the best light transport vehicle during the war. Difference today is that Jeep was produced long time after war, but Kübel was only a few units left. The first prototype was constructed by the small company American Bantam, then followed both Willys and Ford with theirs. Bantam won the competition of the best design, but was considered to be a to small firm for production so Ford and Willys got the order to manufacture the Jeep according Bantams concept. 1500 times 3 models were tested at Fort Knox. Willys offered later the lowest bid for 16000 ex. Even Willys was to small for this so all production management was given to Ford and 1941-45 over 600000 ex was produced. The mark Jeep has been owned by many companies. First Willys, Kaiser, American Motors, Chrysler and today DaimlerChrysler, who now is the owner of Jeep and the grill with 7 ribbs. A grill that has 9 ribbs is surely a jeep from WWII.

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