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"SdKfz 2 Kleines Kettenkraftrad".
Operating a Kettenkrad.
This account like the ones that have proceeded it, deals with the sounds, impressions and experience for a civilian (me), with respect to a military vehicle: in this case a most unique type - the Kettenkrad. It also gives a broad treatment to those aspects not normally covered by other available material about the Kettenkrad.
My first exposure to someone who actually had first hand Kettenkrad experience was in the early days of the internet when I happened to ask a question of probably the only Kettenkrad owner on the internet in those days. Andreas Mehlhorn of Braunschwieg in Germany had recently bought a basket case Kettenkrad and was seeking other owners. I asked him just how capable was the vehicle, given its size and narrow tracks, especially in the Russian Winter. His reply surprised me: of all the German vehicles, the Kettenkrad was the last one to be rendered immobile by the conditions, be they mud or snow. A vehicle that could still be moving in the schlamm and morast (mud and bog) when the tanks couldn't, was obviously something unique.
That was back in the early 1990s, since then the internet and the number of owners of ex-military vehicles has grown. Andreas is now the most visible source of Kettenkrad data and has the dedicated site www.kettenkrad.de., his site is bi-lingual as he is quite fluent in English (I bear responsibility for any Aussie accent).
In 1999 we met up at the Beltring military vehicle rally in England. Andreas was able to have his first drive of a Kettenkrad, courtesy of a British owner and I got to have a ride. At that time I started "working" on him about buying a running Kettenkrad, both to enjoy and to use as a pattern for the restoration of his basket case. His reaction was "why do I want 2 Kettenkrads?". He must have seen the logic of my argument because he subsequently purchased one and took it to Beltring 2000, where he allowed me unlimited use of it. :-)
Being a "pushy Aussie" has its benefits......
So began my interest with this unusual little vehicle.
To best view the articles below, I suggest you "right click" on each one and open them in a new window or tab.
The Drive and Ride.
Steering and Braking.
Tracks and Suspension.
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