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German BMW R75 Motorcycle with Sidecar - Deutsches Afrika Korps (1:24 Scale)
German BMW R75 Motorcycle with Sidecar - Deutsches Afrika Korps

Atlas Editions German BMW R75 Motorcycle with Sidecar - Deutsches Afrika Korps




 
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Atlas Editions ATL7895001 German BMW R75 Motorcycle with Sidecar - Deutsches Afrika Korps (1:24 Scale) "The peril of the hour moved the British to tremendous exertions, just as always in a moment of extreme danger things can be done which had previously been thought impossible. Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas."
- Generalfeldmarschal Erwin Rommel

The Bavarian Motorwerks R75 was produced from 1940 until 1944 with over 16,000 built. It was by far the most numerous motorcycle found amongst the German Army, used on virtually every front from the hot desert sands of North Africa to the cold and muddied environs of the Russian front. The R75 was fitted with a 26 bhp engine, which drove the rear and sidecar wheel via a 4-speed (and reverse) gearbox, giving it a maximum speed of 95 km/h. It was equipped with hydraulic brakes on the drive wheels as well as mechanical brakes on the front, and fitted with a telescopic front fork. The sidecar was oftentimes armed with a MG 34 and, in some instances, a trench mortar was installed within the sidecar.

Pictured here is a 1:24 scale replica of a German BMW R75 motorcycle with sidecar in the livery of the Afrika Korps. Now in stock!



Dimensions:
Width: 2-inches
Length: 3-inches

Release Date: November 2018

Historical Account: "With the Fox" - The Afrika Korps was formed on February 19th, 1941, after the German Armed Forces High Command (OKW) had decided to send an expeditionary force to Libya to support the Italian army, which had been routed by an Allied counteroffensive, Operation Compass. The German expeditionary force, commanded by Erwin Rommel, at first consisted only of the 5.Panzer-Regiment and various other small units. These elements were organized into the 5.Leicht-Division when they arrived in Africa in February.

In the spring, the 5.Leicht-Division was joined by the 15.Panzer Division, though it did not arrive until Rommel had already re-taken most of Cyrenaica and gone back over to the defensive. At this time the Afrika Korps consisted of the two divisions plus various smaller supporting units, and was officially subordinated to the Italian chain of command in Africa (though Rommel had conducted his offensive without any authorization).

On October 1st, 1941, the 5.Leicht-Division was redesignated as the 21.Panzer Division, although it was still attached to the Afrika Korps. During the summer of 1941, the OKW invested more command structure in Africa by creating a new headquarters called Panzer Gruppe Afrika. On August 15th, Panzer Gruppe Afrika was formally activated with Rommel in charge, and command of the Afrika Korps was turned over to Ludwig Cruewell. The Panzer Gruppe controlled the Afrika Korps plus some additional German units that were sent to Africa, as well as two corps of Italian units. (A German "group" was approximately the equivalent of an army in other militaries, and in fact Panzer Gruppe Afrika was redesignated as Panzer Armee Afrika on January 30th, 1942.)

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Authentic markings and insignia
  • Rolling wheels
  • Comes with etched display base

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