Here's a small sampling of the treasures we've helped preserve over the years.
1941 Ford V-3000
The Germans used as many vehicles as they could get their hands on. Many of them were Fords, either those produced in Germany or captured in the field.
Sturmgeschütz III - Replica
The Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) self-propelled assault gun was Germany's most produced armored fighting vehicle during World War II. It was built on the Panzer III chassis. Initially intended as a mobile armored light gun for infantry support, the StuG was continually modified and was widely employed as a tank destroyer.
The vehicles of the Sturmgeschütz series were cheaper to build than the contemporary German tanks; at 82,500 RM, a StuG III Ausf G was cheaper than a Panzer III Ausf. M which cost 103,163 RM to build. By the end of the war, 10,619 StuG III and StuH 42 had been built.
Our replica was built for a well known mini-series.
Leichte Panzerspähwagen (2cm) (SdKfz 222)
Our current SdKfz 222 is a replica. Mounting a gas powered 20mm cannon and MG-34, this plucky little recon vehicle provides us with the ability to “shoot and scoot” on the battlefield. While typically associated with being an early to mid-war vehicle, these vehicles were still in use with the 9th SS as late as September, 1944 in Arnhem. It is crewed by 2 to 3 members depending on conditions.
Currently this vehicle is undergoing a restoration and will be back in the field soon.
- Above photo credit: Doctordirt.
Our Latest Project: sdkfz 251 Halftrack
Our most recently acquired project (thanks to a few of our dedicated members) is this Czech OT-810 Half-Track, the slightly younger cousin of the WWII German SdKfz 251. We have begun work to convert this OT-810 and bring it back to its ancestral roots as a German SdKfz 251.
A little history about the OT-810:
The Czech army, desiring an armored personnel carrier (the Soviets had no decent ones) utilized captured and abandoned German SdKfz 251s for their post-war armed forces. Eventually these left over vehicles wore out and a replacement vehicle, the OT-810 was created to replace it, utilizing a very similar design with some improvements. These were constructed by Tatra and Skoda, both of whom were involved in the original construction of Wehrmacht SdKfz 251s. Approximately 2,400 OT-810s were built and used by the Czech armed forces well into the 1980s. It is said that several hundred survive today around the globe, most of the rest being destroyed due to disarmament agreements with NATO.
The OT-810 is very similar in size, weight, and performance to the SdKfz 251. The biggest difference was the use of an eight cylinder Tatra air cooled diesel engine that replaced the under powered 6 cylinder German Maybach gas engine. The hood of the OT-810 is somewhat longer to accommodate the larger engine. The running gear is very similar, however the Czechs simplified the drive sprocket and used dry tracks. The Czechs also enclosed the OT-810 with a full roof to help protect the occupants from shrapnel and to to reduce exposure to radiation and gas attacks.
While there are only about 13 operational original German Sdkfz 251s around the world, all in private collections, there are many more OT-810s in Europe and the USA, many in use by WWII reenactors.