Help Identify Earth Moving equipment

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Help Identify Earth Moving equipment

Post by Tomg44 » 24 Mar 2018 01:03

Can anyone identify the Bulldozer and the Dragline Excavator in this video? Also do the pale uniforms of the men with the shovels indicate anything about their unit/function?

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Re: Help Identify Earth Moving equipment

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Re: Help Identify Earth Moving equipment

Post by T. A. Gardner » 24 Mar 2018 03:29

The bulldozer looks like a modified Stalinets S-65. I doubt it is US in manufacture and it certainly isn't German. The dragline crawler cranes are going to be difficult to identify as these look a lot alike and we can't see the track arrangement.

The "pale uniform" is a Wehrmacht work and drill uniform when not in the field or in regular uniform.


It was issued pre-war and in the early years of the war but phased out and ended when stocks of existing ones ran out.

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Re: Help Identify Earth Moving equipment

Post by Bertill622 » 27 Aug 2018 16:34

Very nice movie, thanks for sharing!
The bulldozer is a Kaelble R125 made in Backnang near Stuttgart, Germany.
Introduced in 1939, weight 18,8 metric tonnes, Kaelble 6 cylinder engine delivering 130 HP, engine displacement 13,2 liters.
Source, "Beruhmte Baumaschinen" , Heinz-Herbert Cohrs, Verlag Podszun Motorbucher, 1999.

The crane with clamshell bucket is a Menck, also made in Germany.

The crane with the dragline is pre-war P&H, made in the USA.

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