The best truck of WWII?

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  1. Lucky13

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    Which would be the best truck of WWII? GMC's CCKW, the Deuce and half has to be in the top 5, right?
     

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    Opel Blitz maybe. Or that British one, can't remember its name..
     
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    Anyway here's an Opel Blitz:
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    definitely
    I have read German descriptions from Winter 43/44, full of complains how Soviet troops pushed through mud in LL trucks while their own trucks, Opels etc, got struckt even on the roads, not that there was much difference between cross-country and road in Ukraina in that time during thaw season. Have not time to check the British vehicles but generally US trucks tended to have more powerful engines than European trucks.

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    a very nice photo, Soren

    Juha
     
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    What's there to like about Opel Blitz??
    It' a civilian truck designed to quality roads, so inherently not suited for the Russian terrain (mud, rasputitza, snow etc.),

    US truck of just about any kind is way superior to what other countries produced.
     
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    Well, then you had those Opel Maultier etc.
     
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    It's my understanding that Opel had a 4 wheel drive version for military use. However the Heer mostly used the less expensive 2 wheel drive version.
     
  8. Lucky13

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    What Russian trucks do we have?
     
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    For hauling hay to market down a nicely kept dirt road, sure!

    You would seriously choose the Opel over this?

    Not all things Tutonic are superior!

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    Isn't that a postwar M35 something-something?
     
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    damn.. ur right.

    But still!:lol:
     
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    [​IMG] I wouldn't say no, they saw action Korea didn't they?
     
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    Gaz AAA (not the 'anti aircraft artillery', but the Russian designation) 4x6 and ZiS-5 2x4 were the most common. Decent trucks, but US stuff is better.
     
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    According to what I've read the Opel Blitz was very popular with the Germans, and it did well. Sure it didn't have as many horsepower, but it was a lighter truck as-well. The German heavy trucks were everybit as good as those the US built.

    Btw, didn't the German use a Ford truck as-well ?
     
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    Teutonic mate ;)

    Now lets leave out the accusations, I didn't claim anything, I came with a suggestion. So cool it.
     
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    True Soren. Seen Ford Maultier trucks....wonder what they were like, with those narrow tracks!
     
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    The GMC 2 1/2 ton wins hands down.

    Far better payload than the Opel, not to mention a lot more varients due to its well designed and sturdy frame and power train.
     
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    The Opel did get tracks though...wasn't that an improvement?
     
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    The Ford V 3000S used by the Germans actually has 5 more horsepower than the GMC CCKW, lol :D
     
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    Btw, lets not forget the Skoda H 6ST6-T used by the Wehrmacht, it was a 4 ton truck, a real hauler.
    [​IMG]
     
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