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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 8:45 p.m. PST

"There are a lot of myths about WW2 that are actively promoted to this day. One of those myths is the total motorization of the German army. It is often said that that only the Soviets rode around on horses, but the Germans were fully equipped with trucks and halftrack APCs. This assertion would only cause a sad smile from German soldiers. While they indeed had a lot of trucks, the main backbone of infantry transport was made up of horses. Transport by horse cart was the norm until the end of the war, and production of horse carts increased as the war went on, rather than decreased.

The topic of trailers and horse carts is a very interesting one, but it is not frequently explored. This is especially true for trailers. There were all sorts of towed limbers, carts, and trailers, including AA ones. Most of these were lost to time, but thanks to people who are not indifferent to history, some of them return from the grave. A special exhibition was added to the War Motors hangar at Patriot Park. A large amount of equipment that is often forgotten was put on display thanks to collector Vyacheslav Len. This exhibition is truly unique. Nothing like it exists in any other museum…"


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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 4:18 a.m. PST

This is a great find. How surprising that such relics were not seen as junk or handed out to farmers to use. Preserving a nice Tiger in good nick is a no-brainer, but these could have ended up in any scrap yard.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 5:09 a.m. PST

You have only got to see pics of Falaise gap. Very Sad.
Brit Army was probably most mechanised in 1940… but managed to lose most of it!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 7:42 a.m. PST

Thanks, Armand. This was a good find.


microgeorge Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 9:28 a.m. PST

Anyone who thinks that the German army was fully motorized has done very little reading on the topic. Clippity, cloppeth, here comes the blitzkrieg.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 12:55 p.m. PST

Horse drawn was VERY useful… if you could keep fed… MASSIVE need for Forage/ water! Then they Died. But… could Eat!
Think have read that at least 3 'pack' animals… Prob Mules… to keep I 'working'… and THEY needed feeding! Enormouse 'supply' train!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 3:47 p.m. PST

A votre service mes amis…


Legionarius14 Mar 2023 5:09 p.m. PST

I can only pity the poor horses. They have suffered the abuses of war even more than humans. And they are completely innocent of human follies.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2023 8:48 a.m. PST

Well said Legionarius.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Mar 2023 4:27 p.m. PST

Legionarius + 1


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