Some of the most famous of the world's military vehicles originated in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. The vehicles on this page are the most prominent of a long line of very high quality MVs ranging from the WW II Kübelwagen through the Unimog to state-of-the-art military trucks produced today.
German Bundeswehr MUNGO Light Airborne Armored Vehicle, Afghanistan, late 2004. Payload is ten soldiers or 2 tons of cargo. MUNGO was tested by the U.S. Marines at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in early 2004.
Today in WW II: 27 Aug 1939 First turbojet-powered aircraft, the Heinkel 178, maiden flight piloted by Captain Erich Warsitz.
Unimog 404 Radio Truck.
Unimog: from the German name Universal-Motor-Gerät (Universal Motor Implement). The first UNIMOGs were delivered in 1949. In 1950 production was taken over by Daimler-Benz, just released from post-WW II Allied restrictions on truck production. Starting in the late 1970s, pecialized versions of the Unimog Model 406 were sold to the US military for combat engineering functions.
In 1950-51 the French army ordered 400 Model 2010 UNIMOGs with a 25 hp(DIN) motor. The longer UNIMOG-S 404 started deliveries in 1955, a 60-mile-per-hour, 82 hp (DIN), 1.5-ton transporter available in configurations to serve as a troop carrier, radio communications truck, or ambulance. The S-404 was aquired by armies around the world and remains in use today.
FAQ Page. Tons of information on the military Unimog. History, specs,
option packages, references. A must for 'mog fans.
Unimog Net has the whole Unimog
story, military and civilian models. History, photos, and lots of links to
other Unimog sites.
Unimog Forever is for all
Unimogs and has some coverage of the 404, the military version of this
ultra-tough truck. Classified ad section has trucks for sale including 404s.
Brutus' Unimog discusses
his own '62 Unimog-S 404.114 ex Swiss Army Truck and provides links and other
useful pointers. Also includes the invaluable Unimog Mailing List Search Page that allows you to rapidly locate the information you need from the archives of several popular 'Mog lists.
Rocky Mountain Moggers
are a club with a big assortment of military and civilian Mogs. The web site
has a fine collection of resources to buy/sell the vehicles, parts sources,
nice photos of trucks and trail rides, radio information and much more.
The NSU Kettenkrad is an odd combination of motorcycle and tracked vehicle, produced in Germany during World War II.
NSU Kettenkrad Home Page.
Andreas Mehlhorn's page of information and links about the Kettenkrad, the most
unusual military vehicle which is a combination motorcycle and half-track.
Kübelwagen and Other German Military Volkswagens
For the German military Volkswagen, the
The Kübelwagen Site,
has detailed information on the military VW of WW II.
The VW Schwimmwagen was a small amphibious vehicle built for the German army by Porsche with the first version appearing in 1940. After experience with several early models, the Type 166 -- the best known model today -- entered full production in Wolfsburg. This web site has a very complete history, many photos, and other VW Schwimmwagen resources.
DaimlerChrysler AG, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, has expanded its business activities to incorporate the supply of Mercedes-Benz Military Vehicles to land defence customers worldwide. This web page describes their
activity and shows photos of some of the vehicles.
Find More Information on the Internet
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topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go.
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