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German Opel Blitz Cargo Truck - Pioniere Abteilung 18, 18.Infanterie Division, Lithuania, June 1941 (1:72 Scale)
German Opel Blitz Cargo Truck - Pioniere Abteilung 18, 18.Infanterie Division, Lithuania, June 1941

Hobby Master German Opel Blitz Cargo Truck - Pioniere Abteilung 18, 18.Infanterie Division, Lithuania, June 1941




 
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Hobby Master HG3905 German Opel Blitz Cargo Truck - Pioniere Abteilung 18, 18.Infanterie Division, Lithuania, June 1941 (1:72 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

In 1929, GM acquired the engine producer Adam Opel AG, based in Russelsheim, Germany, and with it, one of the most well regarded manufacturing plants in Europe. In the early 1930's, Opel introduced a fast light truck, calling it the Opel Blitz (Lightning) and in 1935 opened a modern truck factory in Brandenburg. Although light in weight, the Blitz design could carry a considerable payload. A proven six-cylinder engine from another GM company, Buick, provided the power. The payload increased in steps from the original 1.93 tons to 2.76 tons, and finally to 3.31 tons, of which the S type could transport cross-country.

The greatest production figures were achieved by the Opel Blitz 3-ton S with 82,356 units produced with the 3.6 liter engine from April 1937 to the beginning of August 1944. This dependable, light 3-ton truck enjoyed great popularity among the units. The simple, yet robust Opel design proved itself in the confusion of war and was superior to many specially-designed vehicles. The 3-ton Blitz was superior to many other 3-ton trucks on account of its low ground pressure which was a result of the vehicle's low weight.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a German Opel Blitz cargo truck that was attached to Pioniere Abteilung 18, 18.Infanterie Division, then operating in Lithuania, during June 1941. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Length: 3-1/4-inches
Width: 1-1/4-inches

Release Date: December 2009

Historical Account: "Reichskommissariat Ostland" - Germany occupied the territories of Baltic states after invading the Soviet Union in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. At the beginning the Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians considered the Germans to be their liberators from Soviet rule. In Lithuania, a revolt broke out on the first day of the war, and an independent provisional government was established. As the German armies approached Riga and Tallinn, attempts to reestablish national governments were made. It was hoped that the Germans would reestablish Baltic independence. Such political hopes soon evaporated and Baltic cooperation became less forthright or ceased altogether. A growing proportion of local population turned against the Nazi regime as Germany turned the Baltic states (except for the Memel (Klaipėda) region reclaimed by Reich in 1939) and most of Belarus into the Reichskommissariat Ostland, a colony in which the four constituent nationalities were governed by a German administration. Hinrich Lohse, a German Nazi politician, was Reichskommissar until the Soviet re-occupation.

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  • Plastic construction
  • Realistic painting and accurate insignia
  • Comes with acrylic display case

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