Two-wheeled Bl­itzkrieg

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

By Paul Gar­son

Pub­lished by Am­ber­ley ISBN: 978-1-4456-7236-6 128 pages pa­per­back. Avail­able from: John Reed Book Dis­tri­bu­tion (02) 4997 2936. RRP: $44.95 plus $5.00 postage Aus­tralia wide. www.john­reed­books.com.au

Los An­ge­les-based Paul Gar­son should be a fa­mil­iar name to OBA read­ers, through his nu­mer­ous con­tri­bu­tions on the Cal­i­for­nian clas­sic scene, and his par­tic­u­lar pas­sion, the role of mo­tor­cy­cles in the mil­i­tary. This book is pri­mar­ily con­cerned with Ger­man wartime mo­tor­cy­cles and is il­lus­trated with many mar­vel­lous pho­to­graphs from the au­thor’s pri­vate col­lec­tion. In the main, these pho­tos were taken by or­di­nary Ger­man sol­diers with their own cam­eras and show a side of the con­flicts not usu­ally de­picted. Mo­tor­cy­cles were first used by the Ger­man mil­i­tary in 1904 – 14 NSU mod­els used for Im­pe­rial Ma­noeu­vres – and in the Sec­ond World War, the coun­try was the largest user of mo­tor­cy­cles of all the com­bat­ant na­tions, as couri­ers, for re­con­nais­sance, for med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion, as as­sault ve­hi­cles and even to de­liver meals to the front line. The ma­jor mar­ques used were BMW, DKW, NSU, Puch, Vic­to­ria, and Zün­dapp, but there are also de­tails of other mar­ques used in var­i­ous coun­tries – Rene Gil­let, IMZ-Ural, and Jawa to name just a few. Paul has put an enor­mous amount of re­search into this book, which is ba­si­cally pho­to­graphic with ex­tended cap­tions – some a chill­ing in­sight into some very grim pe­ri­ods in our his­tory.

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