Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

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Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by john_g_kearney » 31 Oct 2019 10:35

This Auto Union has the licence plate number RAD-20297. Did the RAD really have over 20,000 vehicles?
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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by Rnox » 01 Nov 2019 20:03

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by SIS 5 » 01 Nov 2019 23:56

Hi John,

there were also vehicles without a special RAD license plate. Here pics of Hansa-Lloyd trucks.

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by SIS 5 » 02 Nov 2019 00:49

Hi John,

here a pic of a RAD Ford V 3000 S. Source of the pic: https://www.ebay.de/itm/Foto-Lkw-im-Die ... Sw2BddtZQm

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by john_g_kearney » 03 Nov 2019 18:06

Gentlemen, thank you very much - fascinating photographs.

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by Maxschnauzer » 04 Nov 2019 09:32

Hi John,
Thanks for starting this most interesting thread. Borgward also made some lorries specially for the RAD, having a unique cab I have not seen on other versions:
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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by john_g_kearney » 04 Nov 2019 17:25

Thanks, Max - more interesting photographs.

The highest licence plate number on these photographs is on a motorcycle: RAD-90490. Did the RAD really have over 90,000 vehicles, or were the numbers allocated in batches?

From the photographs,
RAD-20xxx = automobiles
RAD-40xxx = lorries / trucks
RAD-80xxx = motorcycles.

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by Maxschnauzer » 05 Nov 2019 03:14

Hi John,
I don't know about the RAD, but in the Wehrmacht plate numbers were generally assigned in blocks by military district, e.g. in 1935 Heer Military District I was assigned 10,000-19,999, District II 20,000-29,999, etc.. However this differed for other branches of Wehrmacht and changed through the years. In no case were these numbers necessarily indicative of the number of vehicles actually in service, however. See http://www.kfzderwehrmacht.de/Homepage_ ... -mil-.html for further info.
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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by john_g_kearney » 05 Nov 2019 10:51

Many thanks, Max.

I see Holger's website says that the RAD licence plates were introduced in 1941. I wonder why? The NSKK (for the most part) used civilian licence plates as here. The lorry is a Ford BB, with a IIIY (Münsingen and Ravensburg, Württemburg) licence plate.

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by SIS 5 » 05 Nov 2019 16:10

Hi John,

yes, the RAD license plates were introduced in 1941. Till 1941 the RAD vehicles had normal license plates depending of the regions of their RAD units. Please, have a look on the pics I posted. But in 1941 the RAD units had no relationsship to their origin regions. They were in action all over Europe, especially in Russia and France.

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by Maxschnauzer » 05 Nov 2019 22:56

Now that we've solved the license plate issue here's a few more RAD vehicles. :)
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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by SIS 5 » 07 Nov 2019 18:24

Hi Max,

thank You very much for posting these pics with more RAD vehicles. I will continue with three RAD vehicles (source of the pics: expired ebay auctions).

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by Rnox » 07 Nov 2019 19:26

Next pic's...

[RAD-10064]

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[RAD-10215] & [RAD-10476]


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[RAD-10222]

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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by Maxschnauzer » 07 Nov 2019 23:53

Nice photos, guys! Here's three more special RAD Borgwards. Note that one also has a WL marking.
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Re: Photothread: Reichsarbeitsdienst vehicles

Post by john_g_kearney » 08 Nov 2019 10:09

Fascinating photographs, many thanks to all. I was particularly interested to see the Auto Union with the aircraft (a B17?) painted on the front mudguard. Indicating an RAD Flak unit, perhaps?

John.

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