Germany's Lauster Wargel LW-5

Germany’s Wargel LW-5 as created by Lauster.

In 1943 at the request of the Railway Engineer Branch (Pionier- und Eisenbahnpionier-AbteilungEngineer ) or WaPrüf 5 (Waffenprüfämter 5), the company Lauster in Stuttgart built a vehicle intended to tow German armoured vehicles. The vehicle possessed a unique design comparable to the minesweeper, Raumer S, created by Krupp; like that vehicle, the Wargel LW-5 was effectively two units connected at the midsection each possessing a motor with the whole of the vehicle moved on four large wheels. The Wargel LW-5 was powered by Maybach HL 108 TUKRM engines each generating 235 hp allowing the 36 ton vehicle to pull up to 53 tons. The choice of the large spiked wheels was intended to enhance the vehicles traction on difficult terrain. Although the vehicle was thoroughly tested with satisfactory results, it did not pass the prototype stage. Tests of the vehicle included the use of a spade for digging trenches. Like the Raumer S, the vehicles slow and awkward movements were seen as a significant problem which likely was the reason the idea was passed.

Germany's Wargel LW-5 as created by Lauster.

Germany’s Wargel LW-5 as created by Lauster.

Specifications:

Length: 12.4 m
Height: 3 m
Width: 3.56 m
Maximum speed: 30 km/h

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