BMW Motorcycles in World War II
This documentation deals with an infrequently written about topic: motorcycles in combat.
The heavy "Kriegselefanten" (war elephants) BMW R 75 with its powered side car is now presented in full detail. In over 220 photographs, most unpublished, this book shows the history of
the R 75 in action from the deserts of North Africa to the wintry steppes of Russia.
Almost every situation in which the R 75 was used in combat is shown in these exceptional photographs — much interesting and new information is presented. Also, the Wehrmacht service
which used the middle and heavy BMW motorcycles such as the R 16 or R 12, which were the precursors of the R75, are shown.
A former German sergeant of a motorcycle company gives his combat experiences with the R 75, while German army documents give a view into the technical details of motorcycle combat
Exact technical drawings and photographs, along with detailed descriptions, introduce the reader to the technical aspects of the R 75. The technical section presents the complete data on
the R 75 and gives a listing of all middle and heavy BMW 2 cylinder production motorcycles and their variants.
This book is a trove of interesting historical and technical details, much of which has been unknown till now.
Janusz Piekalkiewicz: 1991
192 pages (250+ b/w photos)