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 In over 220 photographs, most unpublished, this book shows the history of the R 75 in action from the deserts of North Africa to the wintry steppes of Russia.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 operations.
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)