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There are plenty of pics around showing beutewagens, captured allied forces vehicles, from WW2. But I have never seen any, apart from one, captured axis vehicle under allied forces. The pic Im thinking of is a Schwimmwagen being driven by GI's. Is there a reason for this? Was it not a done thing to drive around in captured vehicles? I know that the axis commissioned workshops to convert captured vehicles. Has anyone got any pics they care to post up?

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There are plenty of pics around showing beutewagens, captured allied forces vehicles, from WW2. But I have never seen any, apart from one, captured axis vehicle under allied forces. The pic Im thinking of is a Schwimmwagen being driven by GI's. Is there a reason for this? Was it not a done thing to drive around in captured vehicles? I know that the axis commissioned workshops to convert captured vehicles. Has anyone got any pics they care to post up?

 

I think the Germans used a lot of captured vehicles because they didn't have enough.

The Allies probably avoided them to reduce the risk of being shot by their own forces.

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A Panther was used by British forces, I think it was Guards Armoured Div, pics have appeared on here I think. There are a no of pics around of US troops using Kettenkrads.

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It may be to do with the supply chains - if there are enough operational vehicles then you don't need to use others, except as a temporary convenience here and there. I seem to remember reading that allied supply chains were better than the axis equivelents.

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I think the Germans used a lot of captured vehicles because they didn't have enough.

The Allies probably avoided them to reduce the risk of being shot by their own forces.

 

Thinking of how trigger-happy some of the Allied forces were, I can understand this.

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A lot of vehicles were left from the BEF intact, however once the allies advanced across Europe, I would expect most of the Axis vehicles would of been badly damaged during the ensuing battles. This would be due to the Air dominance the Allies had and were able to disable many of the vehicles before troops on the ground got close to them.

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Actually there are quite a few pics around of German light vehicles under `new ownership` - just need to know where to look !

 

The Americans clearly anticipated such a scenario and produced a manual for maintaining the VW82.

 

From my understanding, Kubels and schwimms tended to be used in secondary roles - chaplains, press, airfield run-arounds etc. Most of the pics seem to validate this (with a couple of exceptions)

 

Try www.vw166.com for starters.

 

Cheers

 

Steve

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I seem to remember reading that Rommel liked to have British trucks in the front line in the desert, as they didn't get bogged down in soft sand as much as the German trucks, as Britsh trucks had wider tyres.

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Plenty of axis vehicles being shown in photos "under new management".

Not as many as the Germans used, but they were critically short of motor transport and had access to more "left behind" items!

Ernest Hemingway had a Kubelwagen, as he bounced around Europe.

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As did these chaps from the 101st Airbourne!

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These GIs look quite happy with their run-about! (Co B, 129th Ord. bat)

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H39, recaptured by the French Resistance.

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Marder III in use by their Belgian equivalents.

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Well-known Russian unit of Panthers.

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Ozzy M11/39

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Your Schwimmwagen?

As has been noted, driving around in a captured vehicle does have many risks, US vehicle recognition isn't good at the best of times!

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Thats more like it! Thanks for posting up, and yes it was that picture I have seen before.

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VE Day near the Kiel Canal. Men of the Manx Regiment with a captured Mercedes. There is one of their the M16 quad .50 half-tracks in the background.

 

From the archives of the Manx Aviation & Military Museum

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I think the Germans used a lot of captured vehicles because they didn't have enough.

The Allies probably avoided them to reduce the risk of being shot by their own forces.

And yet they were , even when using their own equipment, it happened now and then !

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And yet they were , even when using their own equipment, it happened now and then !

:cool2:

 

Yep, no clarity in war.

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Saw this pic in a US store and took a snap, thought the vehicles look German, bike might be a DKW, no idea what the truck is...

 

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no idea what the truck is...

 

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The truck looks like a German Ford V3000S, late production with flat fenders

 

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PzLehr251_23Rev.jpg

A bit of "rebranding"!

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Big enough lettering?

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Why walk, when you can ride?

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Sort of carrying on from this, anyone know of any captured allied vehicles that were recaptured from axis forces and survive. Understand it would be a very long shot but.

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The Char B a Bov.

Used by the Gerrmans in the Channel Islands, then brought to the UK after they surrendered.

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Why walk, when you can ride?

 

Or "Why carry your weapon into battle when you can let your weapon carry you."

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