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Automotive manufacture had a long tradition in Germany. Many important and innovative developments were made in Germany. But the Army showed little interest for motor vehicles until the outbreak of WW 1. This changed during war. But the initial reservation led to negative effects.
After WW 1, Germany was only allowed to have a 100,000 men army. Supernumerary equipment had to be transferred to the victorious parties or was sold. So the period of the Weimar Republic was characterised by shortage. Many automobile manufacturers had to announce bankrupt or were taken over to the end of the world’s economic crisis at the beginning of the 1930s.
Rearmament of Germany starting in 1933 and an improving business situation brought a boom for the German automobile industry. This led to a sprawling type variety and increasing production numbers. The type variety of the Wehrmacht was mainly influenced by this. After the beginning of war in 1939, many civilian vehicles were drawn in which made the situation worse. The partly transposed Schell-Plan - which was initiated shortly before WW 2 - could not really change the situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

German manufacturers:

 

 

 

Adler

Audi

Auto Union

 

 

Benz

Bergmann

BMW

 

 

Borgward

Brennabor

Büssing-NAG

 

 

DAAG

Daimler

Daimler-Benz AG

 

 

Demag

DEULIEWAG

Deutz

 

 

DKW

Dürkopp

Einheits-Fahrgestelle

 

 

Ehrhardt

Elite

FAMO

 

 

FAUN

Fichtel & Sachs

Ford

 

 

Framo

HANNO

Hanomag

 

 

Hansa Lloyd

Henschel

Hille

 

 

Horch

Kaelble

Komnick

 

 

Krauss-Maffei

Krupp

Lanz

 

 

Lauster

Magirus (KHD)

MAN

 

 

Mannesmann-Mulag

Maybach

Nacke

 

 

NAG

NSU & NSU-Fiat

Opel

 

 

Ostner

Phänomen

Protos

 

 

Röhr

Simson

Stoewer

 

 

Tempo

Trippel

Volkswagen

 

 

VOMAG

Wanderer

Zettelmeyer

 

 

 

Zündapp

 

 

 

 

 

 

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