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Kubelwagen/Schwimmwagen Manual
by McNab, Chris

ISBN: 9780857337795
PUBLISHER: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 160
PUBLICATION DATE: 27.04.2015
DIMENSIONS: 27 x 21 x 1 centimetres 739 g

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Few war films made about the 1939-45 period are complete without sight of a boxy little Kubelwagen light utility vehicle being smartly driven by a German officer. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen, the 'Kubel' was to the Germans what the Jeep was to the Allies and was used widely by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS. When production ceased at the end of the war, 50,435 Kubelwagen had been built. Of simple but sturdy construction, the VW Type 82 Kubelwagen (which translates as 'bucket car' because of its similarity to a metal bathtub on wheels) was based closely on the legendary VW Beetle. Its winning design features included air cooled engine (the absence of a radiator meant the engine was less vulnerable to bullet damage), a light-weight, flat and smooth under-body that allowed the car to slide over the surface when its wheels were sinking into sand, mud or snow, independent suspension, portal gear hub reduction and self-locking differential. Because the body was not a load-bearing part of the structure of the vehicle it could easily be modified to special purposes. Several dozen variants of the 'Kubel' were developed and built during the war including its cousin the Schwimmwagen. The VW Type 128 and 166 Schwimmwagen (which means floating or swimming car) were amphibious four-wheel drive off-roaders. Like the Kubel, they were used widely by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the Second World

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