WW II German Army DEUTZ MAGIRUS – MAIN DATA PLATE – S3000/SSM Maultier Sd.Kfz. 3


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You are bidding on an EXTREMELY RARE and 100% original WW2 German Wehrmacht / Luftwaffe DEUTZ / MAGIRUS manufactured S3000/SSM Maultier (Sd.Kfz. 3) MAIN Data Plate!  Recovered from a wreck on the Eastern Front, this tag was the main data tag located in the engine bay.


 The Maultier or Sd.Kfz. 3 (“Mule”) is the name given to series of half-track trucks used by Germans during World War II. They were based on Opel, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa-Romeo or Ford trucks.Soon after invading Russia, German troops discovered that their wheeled transport vehicles were unsuitable for the sparse road network, particularly in the muddy conditions of the rasputitsa. Only half tracks like the Sd.Kfz. 11 could haul supplies to forward units in these conditions, but removing them from their combat role for supply duties was not feasible, so it was decided to produce half-tracked versions of standard Opel, Daimler-Benz, Alfa-Romeo and Ford trucks (lorries) by removing their rear axles, truncating the prop shafts and connecting them to redundant Panzer I track assemblies. Heavier trucks (4 tons payload) were fitted with Panzer II track assemblies. 

Horstmann suspension components employed by the Panzer I was practically identical to the light tank track system used on the Universal Carrier, with the Maultier’s use of them closely resembling the roadwheel/suspension system used by the T16 American-produced version in its roadwheel design. Following the fall of Singapore rubber was scarce and so a Bedford QL was similarly adapted using a Carden Lloyd suspension. While the Bedford Bren gave impressive traction and excellent cross-country performance the higher cost and the effect of detail improvements in automotive design and materials such as artificial rubber meant this parallel British conversion never progressed beyond a single prototype, later converted back into an all-wheel vehicle. 

Most Maultier conversions were based on Opel Blitz model S trucks, which proved successful in service.  Deutz/Magirus variants were based on the S3000.

Although they lacked the overall mobility of purpose-built half tracks, they were cheaper and sufficiently effective. From 1943 some Maultier trucks were fitted with armored bodies, designated SdKfz 4.  Some of these were armed with 10 tubed rocket launcher Panzerwerfer 42, and were designated SdKfz. 4/1.


Made of zinc, this is a VERY RARE piece and was found at the wrecksite.  It is a mid-war type of plate, featuring the FULL manufacture name indicating:


Also features the Build Date, Werk Number, Weights, and other pertinent information.  Though it is missing the left side, the famous “0/SSM” (of S3000/SSM) can clearly be seen.  There is some slight corrosion, marks, and wear, but all markings that are there are VERY legible.  A VERY RARE item, it would make a SUPERB addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!



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