BMW R75

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BMW R75

Post by -Michael » 19 Feb 2005 10:38

Does somebody have some good photo's of BMW R75's in use of the Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS?

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Post by cicero » 19 Feb 2005 10:55

Here you go.

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Post by Patrice » 19 Feb 2005 11:03

Hello.
Two pictures of BMW R75,one in solo version and one with side-car of the 7th SS Freiwillingen Gerbirgs Division, picture from "German Motorcycles World War II Almark Publication"
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Post by zundapp » 19 Feb 2005 20:04

Well,

The pictures of the "solo" R75 are factory shots. The R75 wasn't used solo.

The other picture is of course a Zundapp KS750...............

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Post by Patrice » 19 Feb 2005 20:44

Hello.
Sorry David, but on the second photograph, it is indeed a model of BMW R75 even if it looks strong a Zundapp KS 750 because of the shape of the front fork.
Two other pictures of BMW R75,one from the book'Les motos et la guerre"Edition Balland and one from: http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Waf ... WR75-R.htm
The second picture shows a R75 with the most seen front fork.
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Post by zundapp » 21 Feb 2005 22:04

Patrice,

Honestly, the sidecar unit with the Prinz Eugen markings is a 1941/42 Zundapp KS750 equpped witha BW40 sidecar chassis. The factory shots in Cicero's post is a BMW R75 with a BW43 sidecar chassis.

I do know, I have a KS750 and I am restoring an R75 for a friend................

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Post by Xavier » 21 Feb 2005 22:11

surf the site: http://www.wehrmachtsgespann.de/
there are a couple pages with vintage pics on each model , BMW's R75 and Zundapp's KS750

Also check here, there are several pics of german bikes, not exclusively r75's and KS750's, beggining on apge two of the site:
http://community.webshots.com/album/126438844rvUZzD

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Post by Patrice » 21 Feb 2005 22:13

Hello David,thank for the information.
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Post by robadoo72 » 12 Feb 2008 19:11

Hello. Has anybody got any photos of BMW R75 sidecar unit with clear shots of tactical markings(front and rear) that were used in France? Many thanks. Rob

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Post by JamesL » 12 Feb 2008 20:21

For what its worth, the US Army military attache in Berlin accompanied the German II Armee Korps into Poland. He made the following observations.
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An interesting item, however, which I discovered, was that the German motorcycle and sidecar, as a troop carrier, did not prove satisfactory. In the Motorized Reconnaissance Battalion Eight which made the march with the 14th Army to Lemburg and was the first unit to make contact with the Russians, they found this motorcycle, with its three-man load, ammunition and light machine gun, was not a strong enough vehicle to withstand the daily combat and the tough going. By the time this battalion reached Lemburg it had no motorcycles left and were mounted in any sort of vehicle they were able to commandeer, largely American cars taken from the Poles. The motorcycle, however, for messenger service was extensively used and did prove satisfactory. Only as a troop carrier was it found too light. In that connection, I don’t whether you know it or not, but the German mechanized units there is no mechanized unit of the German army that doesn’t have as part of it, infantry, either in motorcycles or trucks to furnish support for the mechanized units.


In the reconnaissance battalions they have a motorcycle company and whenever they encounter anti-tank resistance, which the armored cars could not penetrate, these troops were brought up and attacked on foot, supported by their 75mm infantry cannon, which they have with them and their heavy machine guns and mortars.

Notes of Lecture by Major Percy Black at the US Army War College, December 6, 1939.

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