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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Daimler-Benz G5 car

Design

Starting out as a private venture the Daimler-Benz G5 was adopted for military use.

The G5 had four wheel drive.

Production

The G5 was expensive to produce.

  • Daimler-Benz G5: 378
    • Manufacturer: Daimler-Benz
    • Production: 1937 - 1941

Usage

Few of the G5s were used by the Wehrmacht. Many were used by Nazi Party officials and the General Staff.

Specifications

  Daimler-Benz G5
Crew 1
Passengers  
Radio  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3,586 lb, 3,593 lb
1,630 kg
Length 14' 10"
4.52 m
Height 5' 11"
1.8 m
Width 5' 7"
1.7 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) 1: Mercedes-Benz
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 90
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 46.8 mph
75 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 300 miles
480 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 2' 4"
0.7 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Tires 5.50 x 18
Wheelbase 9' 2"
2.79 m

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  2. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site