Opel Blitz

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An Opel Blitz frae aroond 1960.
Last model 1965-1975

Opel Blitz wis the name gien tae various German licht an middle-wecht trucks biggit bi Opel atween 1930 an 1975.

During the years preceding Warld War II Opel wis Germany's lairgest truck producer. The Blitz name wis first applee'd tae an Opel truck in 1930 an bi 1934 thare war fower base versions offered o the 1 tonne model alang wi fourteen versions o the lairger 2/2½ tonne trucks.

A Military LKW Opel Blitz, Italy, 1944.
Opel Maultier towin an artillery piece ontae or aff an Me-323.

Frae 1939 onwards the 3-ton version wis uised frequently throughoot Warld War II, amang ither things as service vehicle for the Messerschmitt Me 323.

A hauf-trackt version, uisin tracks an suspension based on that uised on the Universal Carrier, wis an aa produced as the Opel Maultier (mule). In Europe this truck wis considered General Motors contreibution tae German successes.[1] [2] It is an' a' argued that Opel, a subsidiary o GM, uised forced labor tae reap unprecedentit profits.[3] Housomeivver, tae wha degree GM controlled Opel at the time can be arguit, but it is clear that GM did in fact play a role in givin Nazi Germany the Opel Blitz truck.[4]

Frae 1973 tae 1987 a successor vehicle produced bi Bedford Vehicles o Luton, an based on the Bedford CF, wis sauld in some markets as the "Bedford Blitz".

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  1. http://media.gm.com/content/media/intl/en/history/1920-1929.brand_opel.html
  2. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=QfsPuodL3xIC&oi=fnd&pg=PA3&dq=Opel+and+GM&ots=k9UKRWLNDP&sig=qv9uCQ_tLm00JGICk-KaL4S987Y#v=onepage&q=Opel%20and%20GM&f=false
  3. http://books.google.com/books?id=fHYh1QxFnFwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Opel+and+GM&lr=&source=gbs_similarbooks_s&cad=1#v=onepage&q=Opel%20and%20GM&f=false
  4. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ij7xEul8FDEC&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=Opel+and+GM&ots=aTkzsQ0Rnp&sig=Z35lKb7feE71eweTQafSME05wEE#v=onepage&q=Opel%20and%20GM&f=false