10
Jun
09

Tankograd – German Military Vehicle Rarities (1)

In the early years of the 20th century the development of automobiles In Germany reached its first peak. Many, often small, companies tried to provide the financially well settled and interested client their mostly handmade designs. Based on the fact, that these vehicles were technologically not yet fully developed, difficult to handle in the technical perspective and horribly expensive, they remained Items of luxury up to World War I. The common customer was unable to afford the automobiles of that time and their appearance was rare on the public roads. The Imperial German Army, very conservative in terms of technical innovations, remained hesitant to the new motor vehicles for quite a long time. As a result, when the war broke out in 1914 only a very limited quantity of military passenger cars were in active service. The following complete mobilisation made larger numbers of impressed civilian types – albeit of doubtful military use – available at short notice.

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