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Germany's Light trucks

Design

The German military used a wide variety of light trucks with the majority just being basic commercial vehicles.1

Production

  • Büssing-NAG 3G16: 3002
    • Production: 1931 - 19382
  • Büssing-NAG G31: 2,3002
    • Production: 1931 - 19352, 1933 - 19351
  • Daimler-Benz LgJ3000: 7,4342
    • Production: 1935 - 19382
  • Krupp-Protze L2H43:
    • Production: 1934 - 19362
  • Krupp-Protze L2H143:
    • Production: 1937 - 19412

Variants

  • Austro Daimler ADGR: Could carry 3 tons of cargo.2
  • Borgward B1000: 1 ton cargo carrier.2 Was part of the Schell standardization plan.2
  • Büssing-NAG 3G16: Used 60 HP engine with a capacity of 9,350 cc.2 Could carry 3,000 kg of cargo.2
  • Büssing-NAG G31: Used a 65 HP four cylinder engine with a capacity of 3,920 cc.2 Could carry 1,500 kg of cargo.2
  • Daimler-Benz 1500:
  • Daimler-Benz 1500A: The design was to be the standard 2 ton truck in production.1
  • Daimler-Benz G3: 6x4 suspension.1 Design from 1928 and used mostly with the railroads.1 Could carry 1,500 kg of cargo.2
  • Daimler-Benz G3A: Could carry 1,800 kg of cargo.2
  • Daimler-Benz LgJ3000: Used a diesel engine.2 Could carry 3,000 kg of cargo.2
  • Krupp Kfz 81:
  • Krupp-Protze L2H43: 6x4.2 Used four cylinder 55 HP, horizontally placed, air cooled engine with a capacity of 3,308 cc.2 Could carry 1,150 kg.2 Independent coil spring suspension.2
    • 3.7cm Pak auf I ge Lkw(o): Had complete 3.7cm Pak 35/36 mounted in truck bed.3 This was a field modification.3
  • Krupp-Protze L2H143: 60 HP engine.2 Not only carried cargo, but was modified to be searchlight, artillery tractor, and telephone trucks.2
    • 2cm Flak 38 auf le gl Lkw Kfz 70: Had a 2cm Flak 38 installed in the cargo area.3 These were primarily used by the Luftwaffe.3
  • Leichter Geländegängiger Einheits Wehrmacht Lastwagen (light cross country standard army truck):
  • Phaenomen Granit, Phänomen Granit: 4x2.2 Air cooled petrol 50 HP engine with a capacity of 2,678 cc.1,2 Poor off road capability.1 1 1/2 ton cargo carrier that was a part of the Schell standardization plan.2 Primarily used as an ambulance.2
  • Praga RV: Built in Czechoslovakia.2
  • Steyr Model 640: Air cooled V-8 engine.1 6x4 chassis.1 Was used as cargo carrier, ambulance, and command car.1 Could carry 1.5 tons of cargo.2 Built in Austria.2
  • Steyr 1500: 4x4.2
  • Tatra 92: Could carry 2 tons of cargo.2 Built in Czechoslovakia.2 Had a air cooled V-8 engine with a capacity of 3,980 cc.2

Usage

Borgward 1500

The Borgward 1500 were not well liked as they performed very poorly on the Eastern Front.2 When temperatures dropped it became very hard to steer.2

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
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