motor cycle: BMW R75
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The special place in motorcycle units of Wehrmacht was allocated for heavy motorcycles. Experience of military actions of 1940 on the Balkans and the Near East showed necessity of creation and acceptance on arms of heavy motorcycles with a cross-country capacity. In midpoint of 1940 Wehrmacht command presented the order to two leading firms BMW and «Zundapp» for designing of such motorcycles. And already at the end of one year the first samples of BMW R75 and «Zundapp КS-750» left from factory conveyors.
The first batches of BMW R75 were delivered to Northern Africa for equipment of general Rommels army, therefore soon the informal name «Sahara» was attached to this motorcycle. There was special variant for the war against the USSR. That model had name «Siberia», which had wet oil air filter and others differences. Since 1942 these motorcycles appear on East front. Then the motorcycle received a new nickname «Siberia» In total since 1941 till 1944 1800 pieces