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Here is a short news piece from 1937 that reported on an investment that the German Army had made to insure its lightening-fast assault throughout Europe:

"Motorcycles, a cool million of them, have become a German army specialty. The new Wehrmacht specializes in them. (it knows it will be short of horses; as when in March, 1918, the Teuton cavalry arm was virtually abolished,west front and east.) The British and French have only half a million machines apiece. Each German motorcycle-cum-sidecar carries three or four mechanized men; more mobile and versatile than a truck carrying 8 to 15 men. A motorcycle column travels twice as fast as a column of transport trucks: 20 to 40 miles an hour. With tank cooperation, motorcycles can make frontal attacks, infiltrate, out-flank, or strike in rear."

Read about the mechanics of W.W. II German motorcycles...



The economist who made the German rearmament possible was named Hjalmar Schacht, click here to read about him...

     


Preparing for War with Motorcycles (Literary Digest, 1937)

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