Motorcycles at War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

Motorcycles at War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

Gavin Birch


Motorbikes have been generic via either side in WW2 because of their agility, adaptability and speed,. A necessary few live on this present day as infrequent collectors' items.

The writer, who's the picture Archivist on the IWM has unearthed photos of the entire significant marques. well-known British names (Triumph, Norton, Matchless, BSA, Velocette, James and Rudge) function in addition to the larger American machines from Indian and Harley-Davidson. German motorcycles have their very own bankruptcy with classics comparable to NSU, Zundapp and BMW and contain hybrid tracked bikes referred to as Kettengrad - with a few photographs truly taken via normal Erwin Rommel himself.

Also lined are infrequent experimental prototypes photographed in the course of trials and later in wrestle, the 'funnies' of the wartime cycling global comparable to the Airborne forces Excelsior Welbike (British) and the Cushman parascooter (US).

Together this can be a specific choice of two-wheeled pictures.

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