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VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen

 

 

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The VW type 166 Schwimmwagen – an amphibious passenger car – was made from 1942 to 1944 in 14,283 Exemplars. Its low dead weight, the short wheelbase and the all-wheel drive led to an outstanding cross-country mobility. Initially, it was introduced in Kradschützen and reconnaissance units. Later, it could be found in nearly every branch. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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A crew member had to lower the propeller for amphibious operation and to lift it when the car was leaving the water. (Photo: German federal archive via Wikimedia Commons; License: Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0-gb)

 

 

 

 

 

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The VW-Schwimmwagen was used for leisure time activities, gladly. During combat,  this ability of the Schwimmwagen was used only rarely.

 

 

 

 

 

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