Collectors Showcase CS00442 German Steyr 1500A/01 Kommandeurwagen Command Vehicle - Sepp Dietrich's Command Car, Normandy, 1944 (1:30 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
First produced in 1941, the Steyr Type 1500A/01 was a light truck design used to carry military personnel. It was chosen to be one of the vehicles to be produced under the Schell Plan, which sought to standardize German vehicle production to increase efficiency. The Steyr was powered by an air-cooled 8-cylinder engine with 85hp, and could carry up to 8 passengers. With its rugged suspension and 4WD, the truck had excellent off-road capabilities and could also travel at up to 100km/h on-road. A total of 12,450 were produced until 1944 and served on every front that the German army fought in.
This particular Steyr command car was used by General Sepp Dietrich during the Battle for Normandy in the summer of 1944.
Length: 4.25 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Release Date: September 2010
Historical Account: "Sepp" - Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (May 28th, 1892 - April 21st, 1966) was a German SS General. He was one of Nazi Germany's most decorated soldiers and commanded formations up to Army level during World War II. Prior to 1929 he was Adolf Hitler's chauffeur and bodyguard but received rapid promotion after his participation in the murder of Hitler's political opponents during the Night of the Long Knives. After the war, he was imprisoned by the United States for war crimes and later by Germany for murder.