Finland and the Opel Blitz?

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Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby Milgeek » 12 Dec 2012 13:23

Hello all,

can someone put my mind at rest about the use of the Opel Blitz please?

I keep reading that it was used by the Finns, and war game modellers always seem to use the Opel Blitz as an alternative option as a Finnish Army truck...But I have yet to see one photograph anywhere to show that the Blitz was actually used!

Is there any real information or evidence that the Blitz was supplied to the Finns by Germany - and if so how many?

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby JTV » 12 Dec 2012 19:18

Milgeek wrote:Is there any real information or evidence that the Blitz was supplied to the Finns by Germany - and if so how many?


790 Opel Blitz 3,6 were bought from Germany during Continuation War, this makes it prosumably the 3rd most common of the trucks acquired to Finnish military during World War 2. The most common was Ford V8 model 1940 (1,800 - 2,00 trucks depending sources) and 2nd most common Citroen T-45 (1,126 trucks).

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby CanKiwi2 » 12 Dec 2012 19:28

Finnish Citroen T-25

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby Alanmccoubrey » 12 Dec 2012 21:03

CanKiwi2 wrote:Finnish Citroen T-25

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Not Finnish but German, look at the registration number, it is WL for Luftwaffe and the two men in the photograph are Luftwaffe as well.
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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby Juha Tompuri » 12 Dec 2012 21:23

About Finnish trucks:
viewtopic.php?f=59&t=115369&hilit

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby CanKiwi2 » 12 Dec 2012 21:42

Alanmccoubrey wrote:Not Finnish but German, look at the registration number, it is WL for Luftwaffe and the two men in the photograph are Luftwaffe as well.


Ooops. Sorry about that. Caption with the photo said Finnish. Mea culpa.

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby Seppo Koivisto » 13 Dec 2012 23:18

A photo of Finnish Opel Blitz and Ford V8 from this site: http://www.palasuomenhistoriaa.net/?Sota-ajan_valokuvia

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http://www.palasuomenhistoriaa.net/kuva ... s/Opel.jpg

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Keväällä -42 Ä-linna-?tiellä. (Spring 1942 Petrozavodsk-? road)
"hävittäjä" keskellä tietä. ("fighter" in the middle of the road)

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby CF Geust » 14 Dec 2012 06:46

Caption of picture above: Äänislinna - Voznesenjan tiellä (Petrozavodsk - Voznesenja road). Voznesenja lies near the NE end of river Svir. The nickname of Ford V8 in Finnish army was "hävittäjä" (fighter).

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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby CanKiwi2 » 23 Jan 2013 11:55

A truck-related question,

In winter, given snow and ice conditions, did Finnish military trucks and other vehicles use chains or special snow tyres in winter?

Reason I ask is, in New Zealand in snow and ice conditions in the mountains, most drivers fit snow chains to their tyres - in the case of skifield access roads it is compulsory. In Canada, I have never yet seen a vehicle fitted with chains, despite the snow and ice being on a par with Finland.
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Re: Finland and the Opel Blitz?

Postby Milgeek » 23 Jan 2013 12:01

Hi CanKiwi2...

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From this thread: Finnish Trucks

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