The VOMAG is one of the most interesting vehicles in the inventory of Wehrmacht in WWII. It was not as some think a ‘paper panzer’, but a real operational vehicle that saw combat across Europe.
The development of the VOMAG is an interesting one, based upon the Vogtländische Maschinenfabrik AG (VOMAG) design for the Büssing NAG 900L. The chassis had three axles, two of which were driven, and was powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine that was capable of reaching 90 km / h. (55 mph). A total of 24 units were constructed
It was armed with the 88mm Flak 18, but with barrel from the Flak 36.
“Arguably, the original and most fearsome ‘monster truck’.....!?”
Originally designed for the French campaign it was never deployed in the Blitzkrieg of 1940. Due to its great mobility and quick readiness to fire, though, it soon functioned as "firemen" in many parts of Europe, until its fate was sealed in February 1945 in the siege of Budapest.
During this time the Vomag served exclusively with the original Führerbegleitbrigade (FBB: Führer escort brigade) Wehrmacht unit (and not an SS formation) as the:
1. Abteilung/Flakregiment 42 (mot.S.)
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Command Carriage / Messwagen der Befehlsstelle I/II & III / Reserve
To understand the Command carriages it will be useful to understand how a VOMAG flak regiment was organised.
The Reservewagen carriages were later used to form a 4th Battalion in early 1943!
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