German Long Distance Transport

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Re: German Long Distance Transport

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Re: German Long Distance Transport

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 11 Apr 2015 21:58

Legion Speer:
The NSKK as a German organisation was not allowed to recruit German nationals but the demand for manpower changed this in September 1942. To satisfy the growing requirements for transportation personnel within the OT, Speer, when he became Reichminister in Todt’s place, entrusted Gruppenführer Nagel with the formation of the Legion Speer. This organisation originally consisted of Russian emigrants but was soon greatly expanded by the inclusion of some 250,000 Russian prisoners of war. In Sept. 1942, the leadership of the Legion Speer was placed in the hands of NSKK-Gruppenführer Jost who then obtained the rank of Generalkapitan and the title of Kommandeur der Legion Speer. In its early inception the Legion Speer was called the transport and construction formation of the Generalbauinspektor für die Reichshauptstadt who was, in fact, Reichsminister Speer. The original plan of including Russian prisoners of war evidently never took any real form. Instead, the Legion Speer was organised along voluntary lines and was open to all persons of any nationality as well as those who did not possess any nationality at all (Staatenlose). Only the leadership of the Legion Speer remained in German hands.
The directives concerning the employment of foreigners prescribed the following areas for different nationalities: in the West, Russians, Ukrainians, Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians; in the North, Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Dutch Flemings; in the South-West, (Balkans), French and Walloons; in Germany, Dutch and Flemings; in the Eastern Military Zone, Bulgars, Serbs, French, Walloons, Norwegians, Swedes, Denes, Slovaks, Croats and Czechs. The above programme, however, served only as a general directive. Modifications were permissible with one exception, Russians could only be employed in the West.

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Re: German Long Distance Transport

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 17 Apr 2015 11:41

Some of the types of trucks used:
602 Regiment: BUssing NAG T500S (4.5 tonnes)
611 Regiment (civilian) Krupp LD 6.5 N 24 (6.5 tonnes) and VOMAG T6L 6 R 3080 (6 tonne)

NSKK 500 Regiment: Magirus M165 (6.5 tonne)

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Re: German Long Distance Transport

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 19 Apr 2015 12:15

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Overall German Vehicle Numbers

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 05 Oct 2017 16:42

I have been looking at the overall numbers of German vehicles available both in the wider civilian economy and then across the three Services of the Wehrmacht.

According to Statistisches Jahrbuch für das Deutsche Reich
1939 production was as follows:
PKW: 281,116
LKW: 64,900
various special vehicles: 16,201
motorcycles: 186,819
tractors: 27,916

1939 stock of vehicles was as follows:
all vehicles: 3,894,588
all vehicles (less m/c): 2,033,866
PKW: 1,486,451
LKW: 442,036 plus 82,077 semi-trailers
tractors: 57,794
buses: 23,302
motorcycles: 1,860,772

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Re: German Long Distance Transport

Post by Der Alte Fritz » 05 Oct 2017 17:53

United States Strategic Bombing Survey Report:

077 Motor Vehicle Industry Report
1st ed 1945
2nd ed 1947: http://www.angelfire.com/super/ussbs/motvehrep.html

At Library of Congress:
77. German Motor Vehicles Industry Report, 1945 and 1947 (both printings are available). 56 p.
LC CALL NUMBER: D785.U6 No. 77 and No. 77A)

BUSSING NATIONAL AUTO GESELLSCHAFT Report Number 11
http://www.alternatewars.com/WW2/WW2_Do ... nch_11.htm

See also Truck Production:

https://panzerworld.com/truck-production-numbers
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