Collectors Showcase CS00655 German Panzer Lehr BMW R75 Motorcycle Team - Two Figures (1:30 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
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 1:30 scale BMW R75 motorcycle team from the Panzer Lehr Division. Sold Out!
Height: 2-1/2 inches
Release Date: October 2012
Historical Account: "Trained for War" - The Panzer Lehr Division was formed at Potsdam in November 1943, comprised principally of demonstration units from the various Panzer schools. It was transfered to France in February 1944, then to Hungary in April, where it absorbed Infanterie-Lehr Regiment 901. The division returned to France shortly thereafter where it opposed the Allied landings in June. Panzer Lehr suffered heavy losses at Caen during a massive carpet bombing attack and additional losses as it withdrew across France. It was sent to the Saar for refitting and later saw action in the Ardennes during Operation "Wacht am Rhein". After the winter counteroffensive, the division was trapped in the Ruhr pocket in early 1945 and forced to surrender to the US Army in April.