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"German Mobile Truck Maintenance Company" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on a German mobile truck maintenance company was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 15, Dec. 31, 1942.

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According to a prisoner of war, the Germans have employed in North Africa a special mobile maintenance company, used solely for the repair of trucks. The company has a strength of about 100 officers and men. It is fully motorized, being equipped with 15 vehicles; two of these vehicles are machine-shop trucks which are equipped with lathes, drilling machines, and welding equipment. The unit, while equipped with trucks fitted with cranes, very seldom performs recovery functions. Repairs are carried out in a large tent in which there is sufficient room for the company's 20 machinists to work at once.


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