... in 1975. I guess these pictures were taken in Steenokkerzeel Airforce base, home of the 15th Wing.
(thx to Stef)
I always wondered why the German Bundeswehr needed thousands of VW type 181s. Honestly, you don't want to go to war in these cars. They offer no protection, have very limited off-road capabilities, have little space capacity and aren't really fast. So not usefull on the farthest-most forward positions. But at the rear they could be useful, as personnel transporter or courier. Nowadays these type of cars aren't used anymore in the modern armies, but in the sixties and seventies these vehicles were used in many European armies. And Volkswagen was not alone with their type 181!
DKW Munga (West Germany)
FIAT Jungla Savio (Italy)
CITROEN Méhari (France)
DAF YA-66 (the Netherlands)
TRABANT P601 (East Germany)
As most of you already know, the military version of the 181 has headlight protection bars mounted on the front. These bars also had an extra tube for placing flags. In an old post I already explained the meaning of these colored signal flags (red, blue, green and yellow) when driving in convoy. On Ebay I saw a very special flag for sale: the commanders flag. Instead of a plain textile flag, these commander flags were in metal.
And it does look nice on a 181.
As can be seen on this instruction leaflet: the winch was mounted on the rear, on the trailer hitch. For people who are searching such a winch (or the second best), this was the manufacturer: The Scott & Fetzer Company.
This flyer did catch my eye. We all know that there was a "give the car a name" contest in the UK. The winning name was 'Trekker'. I don't know how or why the car was called Thing in the US, but that's how the car is known over there. If this flyer is genuine, there was also a contest in Germany to give the car a name instead of the "type 181" designation. The winner would drive home with a new car. But apparently there was no winner? There is no specific German name for the type 181...
One of those sweet but hard to find things...