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Gleisketten Lastkraftwagen 2t, offen (Maultier) (Sd. Kfz. 3b)
type Ford V 3000 S/SSM

 

 

Ford Maultier + 3,7cm Flak 37, Hoppe

 

 

Consciously, the technology of the Maultier was held more simply than the technology of the other half track vehicles. The Maultier was steered by its front wheels. But while driving through closer curves, the driver had to slow down one side of the track drive assembly using steering arms, manually. Nearly 15,000 exemplars of the Ford Maultier were made. The shown vehicle had spoke wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ford V8 engine was less suitable for the use in a lorry or a half track vehicle. Nevertheless, Ford made most of the Maultier vehicles of the 2 tons class. This vehicle had disc wheels with four round holes.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Ford Maultier bogged down in the deep Ukrainian mud in spring 1944. It is a late production model with flat fenders and a Holzfahrerhaus - wooden driver’s cab.

 

 

 

 

 

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This Ford Maultier with 2cm Flak 38 is hard to identify under the heavy foliage. This heavy camouflage was necessary due to the overwhelming air superiority of the Allies in the year 1944. The upper part of the driver’s cab seems to have been removed on this vehicle. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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