Nuts & Bolts Vol.42 Einheitsdiesel

The standard 6×6 cross-country lorry of the Wehrmacht.

The development of the Einheits-Lastkraftwagen – which means standard-lorry – started in 1934. It was planned to develop vehicles with 2, 3 and 4 axles with payloads of 1.5, 2.5 and 4 tons. In the end, only the model with three axles and 2.5 tons payload entered serial production. Officially, it was designated as leichter geländegängiger Lastkraftwagen, offen – which means translated light open cross-country lorry. It became famous under the name Einheits-Lkw or Einheits-Diesel – literally translated: standard-lorry or standard-diesel. If the chassis numbers and the known numbers of total production are right, more than 14,300 exemplars were made.

Besides the standard variant with an open all steel cargo platform there were vehicles with closed superstructures and special superstructures. The Einheits-Diesel was one of the best lorries of the Wehrmacht. It had very good cross-country mobility, durability and it was extremely reliable. The care and repairs were simple – however time-consuming. But the Einheits-Diesel took it badly to be overloaded or be treated inappropriately. The payload with approx. 2.5 tons was somewhat small in relation to the dead weight of nearly 5 tons. For this reason – and also because of the complex construction – it was discontinued in1940.

From the publisher’s website:

208 pages A4, glue-bound, approx. 400 photos, of these 230 contemporary photos from manuals, combat and war fronts in b/w, a number of them previously unpublished; 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections, 37 colour photos of the three models from Tony Greenland, Vinnie Branigan and David Nickels English / German captions, 39 pages English / German text, 6 charts, 27 pages scale drawings of all versions and details in 1:35 scale from Lieven DeConinck, 16 camouflage schemes from Laurent Lecocq, and 3 tables of organization of units (Kriegstärke-Nachweisungen KStN) having these vehicles in their arsenal, first published May 29th, 2019

  • by Holger Erdmann
  • published on May 29, 2019
  • soft cover german & English texts
  • 208 pages
  • 400 photos (230 contemporary photos and from manuals,
  • 135 colour photos of the surviving vehicles in public and private collections,
  • 37 colour photos of three models )
  • 16 camouflage schemes,
  • tactical markings,
  • 3 tables of organsisation (KStN)
  • Available from Nuts & Bolts for €29.90 (approx US$33.00)

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 page 3
  • Development, page 3
  • Official Introduction page 4
  • Technical Introduction page 6
  • Production page 16
  • Usage and K.St.N. page 19
  • Camouflage page 27
  • Markings page 30
  • Conclusion page 31
  • Modeling page 31
  • Acknowledgments page 35
  • Bibliography page 37
  • Contemporary Photos page 38
  • Drawings page 123
  • Colour Profiles page 150
  • Preserved Vehicles & Components page 158
  • Modeling page 198

The book starts with a thorough introduction to the truck with photographs throughout the introduction. It gives as complete a list as possible of all the varying superstructures that were applied to the vehicle and also points out that a lot of modifications were made when people created their own superstructures. The vehicle was widely used throughout the German forces and was used on every front and was still seen in the last days of the war.

The two sections on modelling cover the building of IBG models. From the text, it appears that these models are not straightforward to build and need special attention to build them and also the addition of extra parts that you would have hoped would be included in the kit. On page 34 there is a complete list of kits and accessories available including items by minor that we sell here.

The key part of this book, for me, is the 230 contemporary photographs of the truck with all sorts of different superstructures and in all sorts of different situations; diorama ideas are endless. Everything is covered from detail shots of the engine to the truck in everyday use in a myriad of situations through to snowblowers and a prototype conversion to the amphibious truck.

Next, we have several pages containing 1/35 scale line drawings. These will help you get things right in your kits, apparently, this will be particularly useful if you’re building the IBG kits. After the line drawings, we have the 16 colour profiles each of which is based on a black-and-white photograph from earlier in the book. Then we have the section on vehicles and components in museums. These photographs cover many areas that you would otherwise never see and show you areas that only a model builder would be interested in.

This is a definitive text on the eye nights diesel. If you’re building a kit of this vehicle or just doing research I’m pretty sure this is the only book you will need. It has very in-depth technical descriptions of the vehicles and over 400 photographs.

Many thanks to Nuts & Bolts for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
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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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