A dramatic picture of battle in a suburb of the German city of Bautzen. A German car Kubelvagen (Kubelwagen) came under fire on the village street. One passenger jumped out the car, but was shot in the street. The car then turned and ran across the street to the building. The remaining passenger was also killed - (can be seen lying on the right of the car). In the middle of the road is some big vehicle - a truck or a tank.
As the War gathered pace, the KdF-Wagen was put on hold and production changed to military vehicles. The 'Kubelwagen' used the tried and tested and very successful chassis and air-cooled engine developed for the peoples car. In 1942 the Kubelwagen was joined by the Schwimmwagen - a four wheel drive vehicle capable of driving on land and in water. By 1943 over 12,000 prisoners of war were working at the factory, which was by now mostly repairing aircraft.
As his colleague changes the tyre on their Kubelwagen a Kreigsberichter chats to a young Italian boy. Horst Grund, Sicily 1943
Waffen SS watch their burning convoy following an attack by Allied fighters in northern France, summer 1944. The man in the rear seat of the Kubelwagen is still looking at the sky. Allied fighter were excellent at keeping the German army watchful at all times.
1937 – PORSCHE E SEU FUSCA: Ferdinand Porsche, um conceituado engenheiro da época, admira o protótipo do carro econômico, robusto e espaçoso que lhe fora encomendado por Hitler - o "Volks Auto" ou "Volks Wagen", expressões alemãs que traduzem a ideia do "carro popular". Foi o carro mais vendido no mundo, ultrapassando em 1972 o recorde que pertencia até então ao Ford Modelo T.
The automobile engineer Ferdinand Porsche (in suit), Adolf Hitler and, immediately to Hitler's left, the head of the German Labour Front, Robert Ley, admire Hitler's birthday gift on his 50th birthday: a convertible Volkswagen.