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Finnish trucks

Post by Tero T » 01 Feb 2007 18:50

Good Day!
The use of trucks and various vehicles in the Finnish army is of interest to me. I am sending a number of pics . Also of interest is the wood generators that were used on many vehicles of the time. One design was the Imbert wood generator. Here are some pics to start off . Regards Tero T
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Post by Tero T » 01 Feb 2007 18:53

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Post by Tero T » 01 Feb 2007 19:08

This article was sent to me by a Mr Kimmo Levä from the Mobila car and road museum in Kangasala, It gives the percentage of various makes of trucks in use in Finland just before the Winter War and the numbers. It would be interesting to know how many were taken into Finnish army useage. Tero T
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Post by Tero T » 01 Feb 2007 19:13

Ok now I will answer my own question regarding trucks as there was some info attached that I received from the Mobila museum. Before the war the Finnish army had only 300 vehicles(cars trucks) of which 200 were trucks. But the army took into its care 4400 trucks from civilians and companies during the Winter war which were then returned. I do not have stats on how many were captured during the war and how many were to start the continuation war. As I am getting older I am asking questions that have already been answered. Tero T

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Post by Harri » 02 Feb 2007 09:27

Good photos once again! Especially I like the captured Soviet Ford/Gaz AAA (?) truck!

During the Interim piece period Finns received new trucks from USA, Sweden and Germany. in 1942 Finnish field artillery units had the following amount of heavy trucks:

189 Citroën
32 Ford 95/40
23 International K-7 (6 wheeled)
31 International K-7 (10 wheeled)
22 Scania-Vabis
33 mixed models

388 light trucks (mostly captured Soviet and civilian trucks)

Wheeled or tracked tractors (1942):

70 McCormick T-6
83 McCormick TD-14
9 Pavesi
42 SST
30 Stalinetz-65
(30) Steyr RSO/01 (1944-)
? STZ-3 Komsomoletz (T-20)
7 mixed models


There is a new book by Markku Mäkipirtti called "Puolustusvoimien moottoriajoneuvot 1919-1959" (Motor Vehicles of the Finnish Defence Forces 1919 - 1959) which handles also all armoured vehicles Finns have used until today. Publisher is Apali:
http://www.apali.fi/kauppa/

I think this book doesn't handle civilian vehicles used by the Army.

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Post by skiiggeboi » 15 Feb 2007 12:00

Welcome to my website: http://www.latiltrucks.net

I think you are interested to see MANY pictures and rare videos? Read also history!

Thank you!
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Post by Harri » 15 Feb 2007 14:12

Wow, Juha (number ?, we have so many Juhas here) nice pages!
And a nice nick you have, straight from Kummeli I think. Welcome to the forum!

I didn't know that these trucks still exist... 8O

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Post by Tero T » 15 Feb 2007 14:35

Good link. Thankyou. Tero T

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Post by Tero T » 15 Feb 2007 16:12

As most of you know many vehicles both civilian and military were powered by wood gas generators in Finland during WWII. Today as we jump into our cars in -18deg C( cold in Toronto) we often forget how our parents would have had to start there morning drive. First start up the stove on the car by loading the wood chips. Wait for a bit and then begin the ritual of starting the vehicle. You lose all of your trunk space. Lose the aerodynamic appeal of your vehicle. And possibly lose consiousness through carbon monoxide poisoning. But you could still drive. These were used on buses as well. I have read and have been told by veterans that when buses using this method of fuel drove in hilly terrain it was not uncommon for the passengers to get off at the base of a big hill and help push the bus up the hill. The carburator could not pull any more than the gas generator could supply. Tero T
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Post by Seppo Koivisto » 15 Feb 2007 18:19

Some notes on this particular gas generator. It uses charcoal instead of wood chips. The idea with charcoal was to avoid the formation of tars, which would clog the veins of your engine. I think similar product is used today to heat your garden barbeque grill.

The text says it was prohibited to start the gas generator in garage. Therefore gasoline could be used to drive out of the garage, but there was no accelerator pedal for gasoline.

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Post by Juha Tompuri » 15 Feb 2007 21:00

Welcome to the Forum skiiggeboi :)
A Very nice website you have.

Regards, Juha

P.S. As always, interesting info to us keeps coming from Toronto :)
I think I have somewhere a war time gas generator "manual". Have to check.

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Post by Bill Murray » 15 Feb 2007 23:30

Hi Tero:
Great subject!!

Your photos are as follows from first to last.
1938 Chevrolet
1938 Ford/1938 Chevrolet
1938 (?) International possibly a D30
Ford AAA possibly ex Russian
1938 Ford
I will post some of my Finnish car/truck photos as soon as I set up my scanner.
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Post by Bill Murray » 16 Feb 2007 15:17

Here are a few to start with.
A 1938 Buick, a 1938 Ford and a 1937/8 Plymouth.
Bill
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