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While perusing a Waffen Revue archive I stumbled upon Kettenkrad information that looks promising. Can anyone translate the text for the following scans, please? Much obliged.
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There are multiple technical terms in this text, which I am not familiar with and there will be a lot of eye brows frowning from people when reading this.
But as a courtesy I will give you a start, so that you have at least an answer. If you are okay with it, give a reply and I process the rest:
The first model (here with license plate III E for the district Heilbronn, Vaihingen a.d. Enz and Waiblingen) was still equipped with wheels we know from bicycles and motorcylces. The front wheel as well as the guide and carrying wheels were performed with round steel spokes. The same is for the trailer. (Image 2-4).
The frame was kept low and tapers at the rear downwards. The rack for the backseat is equipped with a tube side railing, which ends at the forward edge of the seat.
Image 2: Variant (a) the first version of the Kettenkrad with round steel spokes wheels at the front wheel, the carrying wheels, the guide wheels and the trailer, when it was established as „small Kettenkraftwagen“ (Versuchs-Kfz 620)“ in the Wehrmacht. View from the right.
Image 3: Vehicle of image 2, view from rear right.
Chart with technical details
The crawler track is sagging but not touching the track rollers. Further technical details, which differs from later versions, can be learned from the file „ Reference value about vehicles and equipment“ as of 1.10.1940