Little known German WWII secret

Carsenault

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No time to watch the vid clip at the moment as I need to head back to work, will check it out later, but looks totally plausible, the Bug was commisioned by Hitler and designed by Porsche, Volkswagen litterally means Peoples Car.
 

the Baron

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Correct, the Volkswagen ("People's Car") was developed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, with Hitler's blessing, ostensibly to provide every German family with a car (previously, cars were owned primarily by a wealthy minority), but it really turned into another swindle, as the money withheld from everyone's paychecks was put towards armaments manufacture (see Shirer, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich).

The car was used by the military, and if I'm not mistaken, the Kuebelwagen and Schwimmwagen were both based on the same chassis.

The photo could be real, but we need a Bug expert. The origial issue VW had two rear windows, which formed a horizontal oval shape. This was replaced in later models, when the Kaefer (Beetle) was revived after the war. We can't see much of the rear window, but the little bit I can see does look a little like the oval.

However, I'm not sure about the reflectors/running lights on the front fenders. I don't think they were on the original Bug or added after the war.

So, calling all Beetle fans!
 

spud

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looks fake to me. that last part of teh clip showing the bug staying in one piece would be impossible, it would be squashed like a bug!
 

noname

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Yes folks, if you watch the video, it is all a gag. I thought it was funny. ;)
 

Carsenault

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noname said:
Yes folks, if you watch the video, it is all a gag. I thought it was funny. ;)

Ok, got a chance to watch... I get it now. Finally get to see how it got its nickname, the bug. :p
 

the Baron

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Yeah, sorry, guys, I didn't follow the link and view the vid, I glanced quickly and saw the screen capture as a photo. Still, we can try to figure out the year/model of the Beetle they used :D
 

Chris S

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Was quite funny tho ;D ;D ..nice one .

Chris.
 

HWR MKII

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While the video is a gag the Bug was indeed developed in the 30s and used by german forces in WW2. It wasnt made in as large numbers as the kubel but it was there.
 

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