German soldiers riding in a “Schwimmwagen”, an amphibious military version of the Volkswagen Beatle. With over 15,000 seeing service during WWII, it is the most widely produced amphibious vehicle in history. 1944.
GIs of the 75th Inf. Div. inspect in the main street at Beffe, 40 Km south of Liège, Belgium, an abandoned VW type 82 "Kübelwagen", belonging to the 2. SS-PzD 'Das Reich'. In the background an Sherman M4A3(76)W from 4th Cavalry Group. 7 January 1945.
This photo was taken in the Vinnitsa (Vinnytsia) area of the Ukraine in November 1943. The man at the wheel is SS-Hauptsturmführer Gustav Knittel, the commander of the 1st SS Aufklärungs-Abteilung LSSAH at the time. The number plate is 302098, and the vehicle is one of the original Porsche Vorserien Schwimmwagens (literally Floating/Swimming Car) assigned to the LAH in the middle of 1942.