Austrian motor history is not well known, but we guess you heard about Ferdinand Porsche? Yes, he is Austrian! Austria had some great manufacturers such as Austro-Daimler, Gräf&Stift and Steyr. In 1903 Gottlieb Daimlers son Paul designed the first all-wheel driven armoured car. But when it was presented to public the sound of the engine shied the horse of Friedrich von Beck-Rzikowsky, chief of the imperial and royal general staff. Moody Kaiser Franz Josef I. was not amused and canceled the order. As a result of this the k.u.k. war ministry refused Gunther Burstyns draft of the first modern tank in 1911. A big mistake in retrospect. In the light of current events Austria developed a heavy hybrid Truck in 1909. It was driven by an reciprocating engine and a wheel hub drive in each tyre!
The German Reich was the most technologically advanced country. They had a lot of amazing innovators in their ranks. But they all worked for their own in different companies and had their own idea of the perfect arm. Germany created plenty classy equipment, but they couldn´t produce in mass. Additionally the spare part supply chain couldn´t perform in conflict situations.
Ferrari, Lamborghini? Italy has a much longer history in producing beautiful vehicles than this two famous manufacturers. Although the boot-shaped country is more famous for naval and air-force services, Alfa Romeo, FIAT and S.P.A. generated wonderful all-terrain lorries.
The UdSSR was one of the biggest forces in World War II. For example they built 61.380 tanks - type T 34 only. Their engineers major guideline and technical approach is: Find parts we don´t need, and how can we drop them from the construction. So that the Russians always had the simplest and most logical solutions for their technical problems. Ever heard about the urban legend that the US spent millions to develop a special ballpoint pen, and Russia sent a simple pencil in outer space?
United Kingdom & Commonwealth
A British vehicle is really readily identifiable. Their unique curious exterior and their way how to find technical solutions is charming like nothing else in this field of interest. Why did they put a big teakettle inside the small hull of a 4 men "Fox" Mk.I armoured reconnaissance vehicle which is designed for the desert campaign? Even if you might sneer about the cars of the UK, you should never underestimate British artfulness!
The Commonwealth mainly used British and US material. But especially Canada and Australia produced by them self. They also operated lend and lease vehicles like the Studebaker US-6.
United States of America
The USA had several major companies like Chevrolet, Ford and GMC. One of the biggest advantages was their component equality, so that they theoretically could fix a Dodge with Jeep spare parts. Due to their economical power America lend cars to almost all other allied armies.
Further lines are dedicated to another big passion of Robert Gill. In the late 70s he was searching for historical cars in northern Germany. Their he ever heard about Tractor Pulling and got in touch with this motorsport. Robert was so impressed that he acquired his earliest tractor in the Netherlands. He hosted the first Tractor Pulling events in Austria with up to 30.000 cheering viewers. He built tractors by his self and bought machines from America with 5 V8 dragster-engines and helicopter turbines. In consequence of his love to technique Robert is still collecting exceptional exhibits and equipment. Leonid Brezhnevs limousine which the General Secratary of Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Russian President) drove in Vienna for his Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with US-President Jimmy Carter for example.
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