Minichamps MIN439035040 German Bundeswehr 1960 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404 Ambulance (1:43 Scale)
"I vow to faithfully serve the Federal Republic of Germany and to bravely defend the right and the freedom of the German people."
- Ceremonial oath of the Bundeswehr
The Unimog (from the German "UNIversal-MOtor-Gerat", meaning "universal motor machine/equipment") is a range of trucks produced by Mercedes-Benz (now a division of DaimlerChrysler AG). The first model was designed shortly after WWII, originally to be used as slow-moving tractors for Germany's turnip harvest.
Unimogs have very high ground clearance - greater than the Humvee - made possible by portal gears that allow the axles and transmission to be higher than the tires' centers. Unimogs also feature a flexible frame that allows the tires a wide range of vertical movement to allow the truck to comfortably drive over extremely uneven terrain, even meter-high boulders. They are equipped with high visibility driving cabs to enable the operator to see the terrain and more easily manipulate mounted tools. The newest Unimog models can change their steering from left to right in less than one minute to permit operators to work on the most convenient side of the truck.
Unimogs have been used by many different militaries, including the German, Swiss, Chilean, Mexican Navy armies and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). They are also used extensively by the South African National Defence Force and the New Zealand Army, The Australian Army is also a wide user of the UNIMOG. The Unimogs are used as troop carriers, ambulances, and mobile command centers equipped with radios (radio boxes). The Mamba APC is an Armoured Personnel Carrier manufactured by BAE Systems in South Africa that is based upon the Unimog driveline. The United States Army uses Unimog vehicles to access remote installations. Only 1,008 pieces produced. Sold Out!
Length: 4-1/2 inches
Width: 2 inches
Release Date: April 2008
Historical Account: "A New Fatherland" - The Bundeswehr (German for "Federal Defence Force") is the name of the unified armed forces of Germany. The Bundeswehr is a federal defense force with Army (Heer), Navy (Marine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), Joint Service Support Command (Streitkraftebasis), and Central Medical Services (Zentraler Sanitatsdienst) branches.
The Bundeswehr has some 250,000 military personnel, 50,000 of whom are 18 to 25 year-old conscripts who serve for at least nine months under current rules. The number of civilian employees is to be reduced to 75,000 during the coming years.
Women have served in the medical service since 1975. In 2000, in a lawsuit brought up by Tanja Kreil, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling allowing women to serve in more roles than previously allowed. Since 2001 they can serve in all functions of service without restriction, but they are not subject to conscription. There are presently around 14,500 women on active duty and a number of female reservists who take part in all duties including peacekeeping missions and other operations.