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The Third Reich's Mule and Horse - The Opel Blitz Truck

Updated: Apr 17

Adapted from War Park Weibo 2022-03-15 12:00

At the end of World War I, Germany's war machine was dismantled - incapacitating its ability to make planes, tanks, submarines and other weapons of war. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the German nation felt strongly the humiliation placed upon by the victors. And soon enough, Germany's military strength exceeded the limits placed upon by the Treaty of Versailles.

With the strengthening of the German army, the need to be able to quickly transport personnel, weapons and goods to designated locations became a necessity, resulting in a key need for a sound logistics force. At the end of the 1930s, Germany had some vehicles in its military inventory, but there was no general solution for purpose of war.

At this time, Opel AG provided a medium-sized multifunctional truck design called "Blitz". Opel Lightning is designed as a traditional system with six wheels (four wheels on the rear axle + two wheels on the front axle), a front engine compartment, the cab directly located in the rear, and a rear cargo/passenger area. The rear area is equipped with hinged baffles on all three sides to facilitate the loading and unloading of goods.





In addition to its standard mode of providing transportation, the 4x2 chassis of Opel Lightning will evolve into countless useful battlefield variations. This vehicle can be used to transport supplies, ammunition, medical supplies, combat troops, ordinary passengers, shells, fuel depots, laundry, mobile field stores, mobile guns, etc. In addition, trucks can also be transformed into other military forms, such as radio stations, command posts and mobile offices of senior officials.

There was a great demand for Opel lightning trucks, especially as the war intensifies. Production began in 1937 and lasted until 1944, with about 70,000 4x2 Opel lightning trucks produced. It is also reported that the total output of Opel lightning trucks hovers between 82,000 to 130,000.

The Opel Lightning Truck is powered by a 6-cylinder gasoline engine with a power of more than 75 horsepower, which has proven to be quite reliable. The maximum driving speed is about 80 kilometres per hour and the maximum driving mileage is 410 kilometres. Well tested on battlefield, the Opel Lightning Truck has shown the advantages of easy operation and maintenance.


It is not common for Opel trucks to be armed, but in some cases, it has proven necessary. In these cases, trucks can defend themselves by installing anti-aircraft guns to prevent air strikes and against soldiers, vehicles and other light armoured units.



This month, the War Park launches the German Grey Opel Blitz Truck.

https://www.toysoldiersgalleria.com/product-page/ax016-german-grey-opel-blitz-3t-cargo-truck

Material: The main body is made of resin, and some accessories are metal.


Moveable: The wheels are movable and the three baffles in the rear area can be lowered.

Accessories: one flag + two benches


Note: Included driver cannot be removed.









Original Chinese Weibo release in Chinese below

帝国的骡马-欧宝闪电卡车(Opel Blitz)

战争公园 战争公园 2022-03-15 12:00

第一次世界大战结束时,德国的战争机器被拆除——失去了制造飞机、坦克、潜艇和其他战争工具的能量。在整个20世纪20到30年代,德国民族深刻地感受到胜利者们对他们的羞辱。而之后德国的军事实力很快超过了《凡尔赛条约》的限制。

随着德国军队实力的增强,需要能够快速地将人员、武器和物资运送到指定地点,这时一支健全的后勤部队成为了关键。到了20世纪30年代末,德国的军事库存中有过一些车辆,但没有战争所需的通用解决方案。

这时欧宝公司(Opel AG)提供了一种被称为“闪电”(Blitz)的中型多功能卡车。欧宝闪电的设计是一个传统的系统,安装了六个车轮(后轴四个车轮+前轴两个车轮),一个前置发动机舱,驾驶室直接位于后部,以及一个后置货物/乘客区。后置区三面都装有铰链式挡板,便于装卸货物。

除了标准的运输模式外,欧宝闪电的4x2底盘将演变成无数有用的战场角色。这辆车可以用来运送补给、弹药、医疗垃圾、准备战斗的部队、普通乘客、炮弹、燃料库、洗衣房、移动野战商店、运枪车等。此外,卡车还可以转变为更具军事意识的形式,如电台、指挥所和高级官员的移动办公室。

欧宝闪电卡车的需求量很大,尤其是随着战争性质的加剧。生产始于1937年,一直持续到1944年,一共生产了约70000辆4x2欧宝闪电卡车。也有消息称,欧宝闪电卡车总产量约为8.2万辆至13万辆。

欧宝闪电卡车由一台6缸汽油发动机提供动力,该发动机的功率超过75马力,被证明是相当可靠的。最高行驶速度达到每小时约80公里,最大行驶里程可达410公里。在战场的考验中,欧宝闪电卡车表现出了易于操作和维护的优点。

欧宝卡车配备武器的情况并不常见,但在某些情况下,事实证明这是必要的。在这些情况下,卡车可以通过安装防空炮进行自卫,以防止空袭,同时还可以向士兵、车辆以及轻型装甲单位进行攻击。

本月战争公园推出了德国灰欧宝闪电卡车。

材质:主体为树脂,部分配件为金属。

可动:轮子可以推动,后置区三个挡板可以放下。

配件:一面旗子+两个长条椅

备注:包含一名司机不可取出

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