mittlerer Lastkraftwagen, offen (o) bzw. (S-Typ)






The base form of the three-ton class lorries was designated by the Wehrmacht as mittlerer Lastkraftwagen, offen (o) - medium lorry, open (commercial). Later, the designation mittlerer Lastkraftwagen, offen S-Typ was common. With the simplification of the designation system in late 1943, the designation Lastkraftwagen 3t, offen was introduced. For the civilian sector, the platform superstructure was delivered with steel substructure and 510 mm high dropsides.






Opel Blitz 3 to Mannschaftswg WH-243986, Hoppe



The first platform superstructure which was made especially for the Wehrmacht was the offener Radkastenaufbau - open wheel-hous superstructure - with 965 mm high sides. The clear width was 1,880 mm. Two benches were installen inside in longitudinal direction. The entrance was at the rear. This version was mainly used as personnel carrier of motorised infantry units.









There was also a broadened version of the offener Radkastenaufbau with a clear width of 2,070 mm. This version was mainly used for the installation of special equipment sets like ammunition racks for heavy machine guns or other heavy infantry weapons like the 5 and 8 cm mortars. The hoops were fixed to the forward section of the superstructure, the tarpaulin was fixed with two straps to the roof of the driver’s cab.









The second version made for the Wehrmacht was the Pritschenaufbau mit Stahlunterbau - platform superstructure with steel-subframe - with 900 mm high dropsides. At first, this superstructure was also delivered with longitudinal mounted benches. This version is clearly idetifiable in this photo.









If not in use, the benches could be folded up. So the transportation of materials could be made much more easier.









From the Pritschenaufbau mit Stahlunterbau, there was a second version, too. It had transversely  arranged benches. Therefore, wood blocks with notches for the seat planks were screwed to the inner surfaces of the dropsides. The bolt heads are visible on the outer sides of the dropsides. If the seat planks were not used, they were carried along in mountings on the inner side of the front panel of the superstructure.









Starting around 1941, the Opel Blitz 3.6-36 S was manufactured with a Pritschenaufbau mit Aufsteckbrettern - platform superstructure with attachment boards. The dropsides had a high of 600 mm. The loops could be fixed in three different positions. Because of this, three rows of lashing eyes were fixed to the dropsides. The tarpaulin on the illustrated vehicle was fixed in the lowest position.









An Opel Blitz 3.6-36 S in Italy. The loops and the attachment boards can be clearly seen because of the dismounted tarpaulin. This type of platform could be flexible used for various purposes.






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