Thursday, 19 February 2015

Borgward B2000A Heavy Field Car

There are usually a few military vehicles amongst the entries in the Trans Lancs Historic Vehicle Rally and here is one pictured at Heaton Park, Manchester in September 1993.
It's a Borgward B2000A Heavy Field Car, and whilst it isn't listed in the programme of the event I've found this German website describing the vehicle.

A translation of that website into English reads as follows:
(Shu) - Borg Ward is one of the big names in automotive history in post-war Germany. Head of the company was Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Borg Ward, who also owned the trademarks Goliath and Lloyd. Successes in the car and truck-had Borgward can venture into the size class of Opel. He produced the tricycle, the GD750 and a modern car, the Hansa 1500. Soon after, the two-stroke vehicles Lloyd LP300 and Goliath GP700 published. Were supplemented by additional vehicles were passenger cars Hansa 1800 and the 6-cylinder model Prestige Hansa 2400 Pullman. The most famous and most beautiful at the same time Borgward car was certainly the Isabella.
The production of light and medium duty trucks Borgward was carried out in the factory Sebaldsbrück. As of 1956, the truck belonged to diamond on the hood to the existence of the Federal and the race for the initial supply of the Bundeswehr with tactical, off-road trucks NATO-class 1t could Borgward decide for themselves. The Borgward B2000 A / O (wheel / petrol engine) prevailed over the Opel Blitz A.
Between 1955 and 1961, leaving more than 5600 B2000 A / O works on their way Bundeswehr, where they were taken in the truck class 0,75t gl. In addition to the nine-seater jeep with weather roof Borg Ward gave particular 0,75t-flatbed truck. In very small numbers, there was the jeep with solid construction. Must at this point, the big brother of the B2000 A / 0, the Bundeswehr, however due to the extended 20cm chassis in its class 1.5t gl "enrolees" are mentioned.
The Borgward B2000 A / O was 5285mm long, 1900mm wide and 2575mm high in the bucket version. As a flatbed his dimensions (L, W, H) amounted to 5350mm, 1900mm and 2575mm. In both embodiments, the wheelbase was 3200mm. The back of the flatbed truck was 2350mm long and 1700mm wide. The Borgward were driven 0,75t gl of the 2400ccm (82 hp) engine Hansa sedan.
The Borg Ward "bucket" first found a relative prevalence in the troop. The truck fitted with a two-part, nine-seater setup was used with different conversion kits in the military police, the Signal Corps, as well as in the artillery as Feuerleittruppfahrzeug.Later generations of conscripts collected on these vehicles first experience of acquiring the truck driver's license. For transportation of personnel and equipment, the vehicle had a separately mounted on the frame personnel compartment with two benches and an accessible only from the outside rear storage compartment behind the cab. The vehicle came in an early (all door handles at the same height) and a late version (door handles at different heights) for the Bundeswehr.
The much rarer variant with a closed structure served as a radio and command vehicle. The Borgward bunks were to be found primarily in the airborne and mountain units, but were also in units other than supply vehicle.
The Borg Ward were used until at least 1975 of the Bundeswehr. Therefore, only wore a monochrome painting in Gelboliv. The tactical signs were performed according to the Association membership as a circle, diamond or triangle, the common use today rectangular tactical characters were introduced only towards the end use of the vehicles of the Bundeswehr.
Following military service many vehicles were shifted in the event of disaster or fire protection or were privately owned. Due to the similarity of the Borgward bucket with the heavy off-road car of the Wehrmacht (eg listening) some vehicles took roles in war movies.
The Armed Forces led by end use any successor models of 0,75t gl-class, the Unimog 1,5t gl covered this area from. In addition, the Borgward would not have stood for the construction of a successor to disposal, because 1963 was smashed in the context of bankruptcy proceedings.

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