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Wehrmacht Maultier tracks
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vw82
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:08 am
Post subject: Wehrmacht Maultier tracks

The Wehrmacht Maultier (Opel & Ford) and the Panzerwerfer 42 use running gear and tracks that look very similar to the British Universal Carrier/Bren Gun Carrier & Vickers Light Tank.
Did the Wehrmacht capture so many Carriers at Dunkerque from the retreating BEF in 1940 that they used them on their own vehicles OR did they just copy them and produce the tracks, etc themselves?

Added Later...The very good photo of the Vickers Light Tank in Samur prompted me to ask.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:23 am
Post subject: Re: Wehrmacht Maultier tracks

They did use Bren Gun carriers for various roles. I know that it also had its own designation. There is a collector in the US who converted a Bren Gun carrier to a "Captured" Vehicle. He added a Panzerfaust mount and a few other things.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:48 pm
Post subject: Re: Wehrmacht Maultier tracks

From what I can gather, the Maultier was intended to use components from the track and suspension of the Panzer 1, which was very similar to the 1930's British Carden Lloyd designs. Since the Universal carrier also had its origins in the Carden Lloyd tankettes, that might explain the similarities between the Maultier and the Universal Carrier. Looking around for production figures for the Maultier online, it seems that a few thousand of the vehicle were made, which would suggest they were making original components for it rather than relying on captured parts. These are my best guesses.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:48 am
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Several of the Maultiers on display have been restored using Universal or Loyd Carrier running gear.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:19 pm
Post subject: Re: Wehrmacht Maultier tracks

Several of the Maultiers on display have been restored using Universal or Loyd Carrier running gear.

Thank you all for the good imput & answers.
I guess that was my problem in that many of those one see's driving about have replacement running gear from those British vehicles.

Interesting vehicles to watch in action & moving about.
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