Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

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Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Keessmit » 09 Oct 2008 14:54

Hello,

I've been looking for photos of Reichskommissariat numberplates for some time now, but they seem rare. I only know of two photos.
"RK" numberplates were used both by the Reichskommissare for the Dutch and Norwegan occupied territories.
It seems that the Reichskommissar for the Netherlands, Seys Inquart, used RK-1 on his Mercedes. The car was used by HRH Prince Bernhard when the Germans in the Netherlands surrendered in Wageningen in May 1945. Though supplied with allied symbols, the car still bore the RK-1 numberplate according to stories.
The Reichskommissariat had its main offices in Utrecht but also had local offices in the provincial capital. The RK-126 (attachment) for instance was used by the Reichskommisaariat in Den Bosch (province Noord Brabant)

Questions: Which plates were used when, where and on which vehicles?
I would appreciate if the members of this forum could post information about the subject on the forums. Photos would be wonderfull of course.

Best regards
Kees
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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by einheitsdiesel » 09 Oct 2008 17:57

Hello Kees,

Reichskommissar Terboven in Norway used the number RK-1 on his Mercedes-Benz 540K with the chassisnumber 169325.

I have a photo of the Mercedes-Benz 540K with Prins Bernard with the allied simbols there is no numberplate on the car , Seys-Inquart used a other Mercedes-Benz typ a 320 Pullman Cabriolet F.

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Guillem Marti » 09 Oct 2008 18:51

Some pics found on eBay
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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Keessmit » 10 Oct 2008 00:38

Thanks all, nice pix!!

The plate RK-1 was used in Holland as well, but info is confusing.

Lieut.-General Charles Foulkes told his audience the following about HRH Bernhard and his Merc:

After a great deal of negotiation the talks were carried on for another 48 hours. On the next day, the Monday, the Conference got under way. Seyss-Inquhart and his entourage were brought in, and it was really quite amusing. Prince Bernhardt had just acquired Seyss-Inquhart's car, which was a very nice MercedesBerg car, and still had the Reich Commisar's number on the front. We brought Seyss-Inquhart in a jeep and as he got out of the car he was faced with Prince Bernhardt driving his own car, which he apparently did not relish.

Full speech: http://www.empireclubfoundation.com/det ... 466&FT=yes

Info found is rather confusing though as the Merc with the RK-1 registration seems to be a grosser Merc, while Bernhard was using a non-registered 540K.

Interesting is the following video with the two allied Mercs and the German delegation headed by Blaskovitch with several cars, Blaskovitch driven in a Glaeser bodied Horch Kfz 15 command car.
VIDEO: http://www.cultuurinwageningen.nl/foto- ... 19022020#6
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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by einheitsdiesel » 10 Oct 2008 17:10

Hello Kees,

the captured Grosser Mercedes is indeed a 770 W150 Offener Tourenwagen and the car was used by Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Reichskommissar of the Netherlands.
The RK-1 licencenumber was the number used by the Reichskommissars in all the occupied countries.
The Reichskommissar Terboven in Norway had also the RK-1 on his car.
After May 1945 the car was often seen with Prince Bernhard behind the wheel.
Later the car became the Dutch Licencenumber L-53826.

The Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster that was used in Apeldoorn has the chassisnumber 421987.

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Keessmit » 11 Oct 2008 18:29

Hi, Thanks all the info about the RK vehicles. Never knew that the RK used trucks or ambulances. A great find!

As several Dutch websites say that the 540K was previously owned by Seys Inquardt, I today travelled to Wageningen to study some details at an exhibition about the unconditional surrender of Blaskowitz and the former Reichskommissariat vehicles used by the allies.

After peace was agreed on May 4th between Montgomery and the Germans, General Officer Commanding I Canadian Corps Charles Foulkes, wanted his own peace. Helped by the fact that Blaskovitz hesitated to surrender, he summoned Blaskovitz to Hotel de Wereld on May 5th.

Bernhard attended the meeting. He left Het Loo Palace with the unregistered 540K two-seater, but arrived with his staff in Wageningen in the Merc 770, staff members occupying all seats available.

The 770 still had the Reichskommissariat RK-1 plates fitted, both front and rear. Additionally, the Dutch blue-orange weapon was painted on the right front wing. The car also bore white stars and the marking CNF-2 (Commander Dutch Forces-2) on the bonnet and luggage lid. Also the car had the red-golden three-star shield up front. The next day, when Blaskovitz and Foulkes returned to Wageningen, Bernhard also attended this meeting, driving once more the 770.
The 770 was dismantled in 1955 after 10 years with the Dutch Royal family.

The 540K was used by Bernhard throughout the summer. On May 5th 1945, the car had painted the marking CNF (Commander Dutch Forces) on the rear-bonnet and was supplied with several allied white stars.

Now, which car belonged to Seys Inquart? In a 2002 video, Bernhard says that his staff confiscated two Mercs from Seys, but he did not mention the types. To find out whether the 540K was previously owned by Seys, I phoned Frans Vrijaldenhoven, author of a book about Bernhard’s cars. He told me that the 540K was formerly owned by a German industrialist. It was found by Dutch troops with the wheels missing. Wheels were fitted from another Merc and the car was offered to Bernhard.

There is a story about another Seys Inquart Merc. This armored Merc Model W24 AP was supplied to all Reichskommissare after Heydrich’s Protektorat assassination in 1942. In Holland it was registered as the RK-2. Full story at: http://www.prewarcar.com/read_article.asp?id=2840

Back to the original subject:

If anybody has other info or pix on “RK” registered vehicles, it would be phantastic if they could be posted on this forum.

Best regards
Kees

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Frankfurter » 06 Jun 2009 16:33

Does anybody know which colour the 770K Tourenwagen of Prins Bernhard ex Seyss-Inquart was painted in? Black like most of the 88 770Ks (W150) built?

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Frankfurter » 06 Jun 2009 17:00

The 770Ks in "Keessmit"s post are two different cars (see bumpers and headlights), so the first picture is not the ex-Seyss-Inquart car?

Attached another 770K Tourenwagen in Allied service, reportedly ex-Rommel:
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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Keessmit » 06 Jun 2009 18:09

Thanks for your answer,
The first, four door car with the RK-1 is the Seys-Inquardt car. The car was sollely used for the trip to Wageningen where the Germans surrendered.
The second car is a 540K, a booty vehicle that Bernhard used during many trips in 1945-1946. In much literature, the 540K is wrongly described as the Seys-Inquardt car.
Best regards
Kees

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Frankfurter » 10 Jun 2009 13:36

Ah, I see. Looking at the pictures again, the front-on dimensions of the two cars are slightly different, the 770K having a larger grille in proportion. Otherwise, seen from the front, both cars are almost identical in design.

Here is a link where I just posted a drawing of mine, showing a 770K Tourenwagen just like the one of Seyss-Inquart:
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=153759&p=1340585#p1340585

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by tuuur » 08 Nov 2011 23:14

Hi! I specially registered to post two photos I found in the amsterdam beeldbank archive.

The first one I believe shows Prince Bernhard and staff on their way to Hotel De Wereld on may 5th 1945. The car still has its RK-1 plates, but the white stars and other markings have been painted already.

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The second one is, I think, a picture of the same RK-1 ex-Seyss-Inquart Mercedes, driving in the parade on may 21st 1945.
A provincial dutch license plate, HZ-68905, has been fitted.

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Keessmit » 09 Nov 2011 16:40

Thanks for posting

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by tuuur » 06 Jan 2012 12:02

Found another one: Mercedes-Benz 170V Cabriolet model W136 RK-8, in front of offices in Den Haag, september 1940.

http://www.gahetna.nl/collectie/afbeeld ... m/voorhout

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by einheitsdiesel » 06 Jan 2012 18:11

Hello, thanks for posting, the car is not a Mercedes-Benz 170V W136 but a Mercedes-Benz 230 Cabriolet B W153.

Hans Rinsma

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Re: Reichskommissariat vehicles and numberplates

Post by Keessmit » 06 Jan 2012 19:07

The link says the building is the Reich commission for food supply at the Lange Voorhout (street) in The Hague
Kees

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