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Military Vehicle VW Kubelwagen

By: Norris

John Norris a brief guide to a popular German Army vehicle of vintage

When Adolf came to power in 1933 and the army began to re-arm and ageing equipment, vehicle were asked to produce and cars which would a military application as well as use. One such manufacturer was Porsche, whom Hitler to develop a ‘Volkswagen’ or ‘People’s which was to be inexpensive and easy to This was the KdF wagen (Volkswagen which was intended to be a mass-produced vehicle, but what resulted was ideally suited as the basic for military use.

The Reich’smotor

In the 1930s the German motor was undergoing a radical change in an to reduce development and production For example, four companies, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, to form the Auto Union AG in 1931. The Government of the Weimar at the time invested financial to this amalgamation, but two years when Hitler and the Nazi was elected even more was ploughed into developing the industry. It has been estimated investment more than in two years with five marks in 1933 to some million marks by 1935, at a when around 36 companies producing vehicles.


In 1938 Germany annexed and also acquired the motor of Czechoslovakia in the same year. was a huge manufacturing base the capacity to produce all types of vehicles. Germany sent of vehicles to support General during the Spanish Civil War of where they were in readiness for combat roles on a larger and more demanding By now there were over 100 types of trucks being some 55 various types of and 150 forms of motorcycle. It was obvious streamlining had to be introduced and this reduced to create a more industry. The number of truck was reduced by a massive 80% so that 19 types remained to be produced. The types of cars were down to 30, from which Porsche’s Volkswagen would It was a radical move but it reduced and introduced a range of commonality in

‘Kubelwagen’(Bucket or Tub car)

When invaded Poland in September the Type 62 car was being used in a of liaison roles. However, experiences in the campaign the army for a more refined vehicle better off-road capabilities. resulted in the Type 82 or ‘Kubelwagen’ or Tub car) — a very vehicle with no frills, but and cheaply built.

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It was a basic 4X2, four four-seat vehicle fitted a four-cylinder, air-cooled engine at 985cc, 23bhp to give up to 80km/h. In 1943 a larger of 1,131cc, 25bhp was fitted gave more power. The was highly successful in service, in Russia and North Africa, it’s novel limited differential and rear mounted gave it an effective off-road without complicated four drive.

The Kubelwagen measured 3.74m in 1.60m in width and the height the canvas roof erected was and with it collapsed it was only in height. The windscreen could be down and the driving controls very simple. It weighed 715kg in its basic form but varied according to the role and the

Production of the Type 82 commenced in 1940 and continued until by which time almost vehicles had been built.

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The lent itself to a range of and was even developed into variations, such as vans and an ambulance version. The Type82/1 was a vehicle and the Type 82/7 bodied’ command car (both of had three seats), and the Type 87 one of the few variations to feature four drive, as did the interesting Type 166 amphibious model.

Another unusual version of the was the Type 276 Schlepperfahrzeug which was with a tow hook. This the vehicle to tow the 3.7cm PaK35/36 gun and carry the gun crew and ammunition. version was produced from onwards and whilst the original 276 is quite unusual today, of the Type 82 are seen at military shows towing the light PaK 36 gun to demonstrate the role it could undertaken during the war.

–real and repro

Apart being a familiar sight at military vehicle shows, the is a familiar image in many war both factually-based and fictional, as the famous ‘Where Eagles starring Richard Burton and Eastwood. However, all is not what it may and some of the vehicles used in the were recreated for the production, around the chassis of other including a couple of Kubelwagens. One of is still operational and to the inexperienced it just like an original There are differences of course but for the of the film the vehicle was perfect for the Today there are specialist producing reproduction versions of the and they are very good. also possible to pick-up ‘kit-cars’ based on more Volkswagen floor ‘chassis’ and gear.

In fact, the last surviving of a Kubelwagen from the 1968 ‘Where Eagles Dare’ is going strong and I photographed it at the Bash’ at Kelveden Secret Bunker, Brentwood, Essex in One of the photographs was staged to show the towing a gas firing reproduction Pak anti-tank gun to replicate the Type 276 version of the Kubelwagen. The weapon was built and uses gas to produce the of firing and the combination worked well.

There is more to the Kubelwagen just appearing as a plain vehicle as a search through books will reveal and make one look at it very So, from mobility displays to a stock-in-trade vehicle for war films the still has the ability to attract which is not bad for an otherwise unpretentious-looking

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