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#1 MECHINF-A15

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

Period photograph of a Heer motorcycle messenger on a BMW.

Note that this soldier carries the message tube clutched between his teeth.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:37 AM

A weary Kradmelder pauses for smoke during the advance into France, 1940.

 

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:39 AM

A member of the NSKK gives instruction on a motorbike to Motor HJ boys.

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:45 AM

Gebirgsjäger use block & tackles to ferry a motorcycle with sidecar over a ravine.

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:09 AM

A BMW with side car assigned to the 1./Panzerjäger-Abteilung 323 of the 323. Inf.-Division.

 

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 10:55 AM

Great motorcycle photos!

 

As an old police motorcycle guy myself, here is one of my favorites.  This is a photo of the Vienna Police just prior to the German Annexation of Austria.  Notice that the first motor guy in line is riding an American Indian motorcycle.

 

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 12:07 PM

SOME REALLY. interesting photos.   Love the old Zundapp  and BMW bikes.  Had the pleasure of owning an R69S. around  1972. , super beautiful ride and dependable.

 

Germany depended on these  for a variety of missions.      I can't say for certain but I believe there was an auto biography published  concerning a BMW rider in Russia during 

WW II.  



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Posted 28 November 2018 - 12:23 PM

Super pictures! Thanks for posting them all

 

Tony



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Posted 28 November 2018 - 01:10 PM

Motivational Poster

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#10 MECHINF-A15

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 01:13 PM

Sarge, great photo you posted! Retread & Tony thanks for the kind words.

Here is a shot of Kradschützen negotiating a rough trail.

Speaking of Kradschützen I had a great, late friend who was the  Company Commander

in 2./Kradschützen-Btl. 20 in Russia. More to come on him.

 

 

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 01:16 PM

Here is another view (as in post #3) of the NSKK member instructing Motor HJ boys

on a Motorbike. Any ideas on the maker and model of this bike?

 

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 01:19 PM

Good one Salvage Sailor, I like it! :) :) :)



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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:06 AM

Learning to repair vehicles at the Motor Sports School.

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:35 AM

Here is a good shot of a three man Polizei crew with their machine gun mounted on the side car.  These set-ups were used by Military Police (Feldgendarmerie) and other active service police division crews.  This particular crew is from Essen as can be seen from the vehicle markings on the side car.  Also, a couple of police issue postcards showing Motor Cops and their uniforms.

 

I have a photograph album of a German municipal motorcycle policeman just prior to the war.  It seems he was issued his motorcycle as a take-home vehicle and there are photos of him working on it at the police garage and riding it off duty with his wife on the back.  Along with the regular uniformed duty he performed he went on a rally.  These were called a Sternfahrt and were yearly police motorcycle trips that checked in at various check points set up by the police as a timed run from place to place over a long course.  This couple camped by the side of the road and flew their Star traveling pennant from the handlebars during the trek.  It seems they had great fun on his police issue bike.  

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:34 AM

SARGE,

Nice photo and postcards!

Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 21 December 2018 - 08:37 AM

Great photos everyone! Thanks for sharing. Here are a few from my personal collection:

 

 

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 08:41 AM

Another one with a gorget in wear (Perhaps a Feldgendarmerie?).

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 08:42 AM

And finally another krad that is plated for Polizie use. 

 

Kev

 

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 05:33 PM

Nice shots KVS! Thank you for posting. Your are indeed correct on the ID in post # 17

The Unteroffizier in this picture is a member of the Feldgendarmarie.



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Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:31 PM

I picked this photo up at the SOS in 2016 and have been unable to identify the unit emblem on this Krad. Thought I'd post it here to see if anyone might have an idea. Thanks in advance for any help! 

 

Krad001a.jpg

 

And a little closer image of the emblem. Appears to possibly be a drum with crossed drumsticks above, but I could be entirely wrong! Wouldn't be the first time today! ;)

 

KradEmblem.jpg

 

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:56 PM

What brands of motorcycles did the german army use besides bmw?



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Posted 14 March 2019 - 05:04 AM

What brands of motorcycles did the german army use besides bmw?

 

Zündapp is another manufacturer that immediately comes to mind. They made a model for heavy-duty military sidecar use, the KS750. DKW  (Dampf-Kraft-Wagen, I think) and NSU (NSU Motorenwerke) also produced motorcycles for the Wehrmacht, or at least civilian models adapted to military use. NSU also produced the Kettenkrad. There are more, of course. And bikes were also taken for military use from occupied nations. 


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