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Offline goodfellow

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Germany's answer to the "Deuce and a Half" -- the Opel Blitz
« on: September 03, 2010, 07:46:23 AM »
During, and after WWII the venerable "Deuce and a Half" GMC CCKW was the workhorse of allied forces. This truck was the main reason that Allied supply lines could be stretched far into the theater of war.

The German army had a similar truck that not only became a huge military advantage, but also saw great commercial success after the war. This truck helped rebuild Germany and was a viable platform all the way into the 1970's.

The Opel Blitz was available in many versions from 1 ton through 3 ton load capability, as well as many wheel set options (including half-tracks). A great truck!!

Platforms included fire engines, buses, cranes, dumps, flatbeds, and ambulances (among many others).








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Re: Germany's answer to the "Deuce and a Half" -- the Opel Blitz
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2010, 08:05:13 AM »
We all think of the Wehrmacht be highly mobile the fact was that a major portion of the Herr used horses. It was mostly the first line and SS units that were motorized. Of course horses were better towards the end when they had no fuel. The main problem a tank won't run on hay. Another problem most were 2WD.
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