Nuts & Bolts Vol.32: Medium Cross-Country Lorries

To date, Nuts & Bolts has only produced publications on tracked, half-track vehicles and weapon systems. With this volume, the first issue in a series which will deal exclusively on Lorries – in particular the medium cross-country Lorries (commercial) – m. gl. Lkw. (o) – of the Reichswehr and Wehrmacht. The development of these vehicles was started in the second half of the 1920s and their appearance characterized the Reichswehr and Wehrmacht in the 1930s. During the war, these vehicles had to face strains in the different theatres of operations for which they had not been developed. Nevertheless, many of these Lorries served until the end of the war. Only a few vehicles have survived until today. This was partially caused by the shortage of transportation vehicles in Europe after the war. Due to this, most remaining vehicles were driven to destruction.

Book details:

  • by Vinnie Branigan, Holger Erdmann
  •  published on May 20, 2014
  • softcover
  •  German & English texts
  •  224 pages
  •  471 photos (279 historic, 45 model, 147 modern)
  •  27 blueprints
  •  16 camouflage schemes, tactical markings, table of organization (KStN)
  • only 29.90€
  • Available from the Nuts & Bolts website.

This book is one of the later volumes but it doesn’t have a table of contents at the front like we see in the very latest volumes. The texts are in English and German with the English texts on the left of the page and the German on the right. All images and photographs have captions in both languages. The English translation is excellent. Now, let’s take a look at the book to see what we get.

The various sections of the book are:

  • Introduction p2
  • Development of medium trucks p2
  • Bussing-NAG p4
  • Henschel p9
  • Krupp p12
  • Daimler-Benz p15
  • Special Bodies p20
  • Organisational Table p24
  • Camouflage & Markings p25
  • Modeling the vehicles – text p28
  • Table of contents p34
  • Period photos p36
  • 1/35 scale drawings p130
  • Colour plates p137
  • Preserved vehicle photos. p165
  • Modelling the vehicles – photos and text  p212


Despite the fact, that several thousand medium trucks were built before and during the war very few of them have survived. After the war trucks were in a high demand and were literally run into to the ground and then stripped of spare parts to keep others running. Hence there are so few surviving examples.

This book gives a thorough and detailed story of the development and usage of the medium cross-country trucks of the Reichswehr and Wehrmacht. It starts by outlining the development of these vehicles starting in 1926. We then move into a section for each of the four main manufacturers that gives an overview of the models each produced along with a technical description. This section covers approximately 16 pages and includes a double page table showing the technical specifications of the 10 main production types. There is also a table that lists various special superstructures and which chassis they were fitted to.

After typical organizational table, we move on to the camouflage and markings of these vehicles. This covers both the prewar and wartime vehicles. We next have a few pages of text on modelling these vehicles specifically talking about kids from ICM and the issues you might have with these kits. The final part of this introductory part of the book is a list of the 71 reference sources used in the production of this book.

We now move on to the largest section of the book which is the black-and-white photographs. Each has a caption in English and German at describing what was seen in the photograph. The photographs are arranged into sections starting off with a section for each of the manufacturers before moving onto special equipment and special bodies that were used. In some places there are detailed photographs showing exactly what was in the back of trucks that were employed in certain units. From these photographs, you can see exactly what was supposed to be in the back of certain trucks. These photographs are from all periods of the war as well as pre-war.

The next section is a selection of 1/35 scale drawings of each of the different types of trucks with the various bodies on the back. Following this, are the colour profiles which are based on black-and-white photographs from earlier in the book. The colour profiles cover both prewar and wartime vehicles.

Next is the section covering preserved vehicles in music museums and private collections. As mentioned before there are very few surviving vehicles, but quite a few seem to be in Spain and have been there since the Spanish Civil War. There are many modern colour photographs of vehicles in museums and collections with good descriptions of exactly what changes have been made to these vehicles since they were built and which parts are authentic and which are non-original modifications.

The final section of the book is building kits of three lorries from three different manufacturers in text and images.

Overall this is an excellent reference for German wartime medium trucks. At the moment it’s probably the definitive book on the subject. There is a wealth of information and photographs that will cover all your needs. If you need to find out more about these vehicles this should be the first book you get and may well be the only book you need.

Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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