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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Heavy trucks

Design

The German military used a wide variety of heavy trucks with the majority just being basic commercial vehicles. These typically carried between 4 1/2 tons and 6 tons of cargo.

Production

  • Daimler Benz 4500A:
    • Manufacturer: Daimler Benz, Gräf & Stift of Austria
  • Daimler Benz 4500S:
    • Manufacturer: Daimler Benz, Gräf & Stift of Austria
  • Henschel 33D1:
    • Production: ? - 1938

Variants

  • Büssing-NAG 454: Tank transporter for the PzKpfw I light tank. Not many manufactured. 4x4 suspension.
  • Daimler Benz 4500A: 4x4. Could carry 4 1/2 tons of cargo. 10 forward speeds.
    • 3.7cm Flak 36 auf Lkw Mercedes-Benz 4500A: Placed a 3.7cm Flak in the bed of the truck. Armored cab for the driver.
  • Daimler Benz 4500S: 4x2. Could carry 4 1/2 tons of cargo.
  • Faun L900D567:
  • Hanomag Model SS100: Towed fuel tanks for the Luftwaffe.
  • Henschel 33D1: Engine capacity of 10,857 cc. Used for cargo, workshops, and personnel carrying.
  • Mercedes-Benz L4500A: Had a diesel Daimler-Benz OM67/4 6 cylinder engine.
  • Mercedes-Benz ?: Mounted a 37 mm Flak 41 gun.
  • Skoda 175: An artillery tractor. Had 1500x300 mm steel front wheels and 1500x400 mm steel rear wheels.
  • Skoda 6 ST6: 6x4 suspension. Often used to tow four wheeled trailers.
  • Skoda ST6-T: Had a six cylinder 100 HP engine.
  • Tatra T81: Had a V-8 150 HP engine.
  • Tatra 6.5 ton, Tatra 111: 6x6 independent suspension. Used an air cooled diesel Skoda 210 HP V-12 cylinder engine with a capacity of 14,825 cc. Could carry 6.3 tons of cargo.

Specifications

  Büssing-NAG 454
Crew 1
Passengers  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 20,240 lb
9,200 kg
Length 34' 1.4"
10.4 m
Height 8' 6.4"
2.6 m
Width 8' 2.4"
2.5 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) Deutz F6M517
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 6
Capacity  
Net HP 150
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Diesel
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40.62 mph
65 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 169 miles
270 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Fording depth 1' 4"
0.4 m
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  2. World War Two Military Vehicles Transport & Halftracks, G. N. Georgano, 1994
  3. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
  4. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
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