The standardization of motor vehicles in 1940, the Schell program, is believed to have had its impact on busses too. Ludewig busses are already the bulk of the Wehrmacht fleet. Opel and Ludewig are market leader when the war starts, so impressed busses are often Opel's, and often build by Ludewig. In the period 1939 - 1944 2880 Einheitsaufbau (unity-body) busses are delivered. The first model produced from 1939 to 1943 is a frame with a sheet metal construction. It is used for normal transport, wounded, Model W39 mobile command room, map room, telephone and radio room. No survivors known.
Now after examining all pictures again and again, and again and again, I decided to regroup a lot of them. Although most busses share the roof rack, the large door in the rear and a straight edged separation of the body and the bonnet, there seem to be variations in these "standard" busses. Some have trim, and even the sloping rear fender. Then it hit me. there are no pictures of this busses left side. Only the ones where the spare wheel is embedded in the body, near the driver.
So, for now I've put all busses on this page that have the aproximate dimensions and, have either the rear middle door, or the straight frontseparator or the embedded spare wheel.
And just like magic, the number of pictures counts up to a reasonable number for a vehicle of this many numbers build. If anyone can prove me wrong.... Please, feel free.
A photoshoot in the courtyard of the Ludewig production. Most likely later in the war-period. Notice that it's almost all women.
|Loading through the reardoor. (seems from a manual)||A strecher through the reardoor. (seems from a manual)||Factory picture|
Loading a strecher and promo pictures. Probably Ludewig factory.
Different stages of an ambulance bus's folding seats and strechers, showing it's flexibility. Probably at the Ludewig factory.
The construction of the wooden frame.
|Hiding under the trees, Looks a mobile HQ in late war. though there are childeren playing.||In Russia behind a tractor||On september 5 of 1944 this picture is taken in the nachtegaallaan Den Bosch(Netherlands)||Even a Blitz bus fits in a Me323. An ambulance with all kinds of racks.||Not very stylish this massive spare wheel, but practical - This picture came from a scale 1:72 model bus site(which?)||Another one. Source unknown||In the Russian(?) mud|
|In the Russian cold||Instruction how to use a wood gas producer / charcoal burner||In front of the Brussels(Belgium) gate that now is part of the war museum||Winter near a russian village||An HQ-bus waiting(?...)||... and following near a music band||A sailer with 2 busses in the background. The right one could be a Wehrmachts-version. The left one certainly isn't.|
|In Rouen(France) a hospitalbus of the 10th ss is lost to the fire.||Same bus. That's all what remains.|
|Reportedly this row is al from the same bus. Source unknown||(This picture)Source: Images of war, Afrika|
|1st Wehrmacht version, Political unit Bellarussia 1944 - source: Militaria 181(polish) Beutepanzer Russian army, page78||Same Russian political unit(?) Source: Unknown||Another Russian operated Blitz bus. The words say: Glory to the Red Army! (Krasnoy Armii - Slava!)|
|A training(?) trip. Source: Baydeww2||Group picture near a servicing(?) shed||Group picture near Bremen(Germany) Luftwaffe training?||A post war start.||
1st version Wehrmacht bus. Stranded in Russia?
|Near Tripoli Cabratta. Interiour pictures are never 100% certain of this or that vehicle. This one is.... (see next picture. Source: unknown||Near Tripoli Cabratta. A double exposion that pinpoints interiour and exteriour. Source: unknown||Same bus as the previous pictures - source unknown||Ambulance bus||Ambulance busses|
|These 2 rows reportedly Rommels bus|
|Cut out of a bigger picture. The VW follows a SdKfz251||Cut out of a bigger picture. Mussolini's gate||1st base Acroma. From a forum (Which one?)||1st base Acroma. From a forum (Which one?)||An Italian(?) officer visits.||This I have doubts about. But it is in Africa||A huge camouflage net|
|Completely shredded, probably by an airplane in Africa|
|The sign says: 'Attention - 200m dangerous road - Wadi el kuf - Slow'||a 'Befehlsstelle' (commandcentre) with it's radiator exposed and a hatch over a window. Note the closed door. Source Opel book||Same bus!||August 8th 1942 an Australian Salvage unit uses a coach as office||Marada Marsa el Brega, January 1942||Marada Marsa el Brega, January 1942||Marada Marsa el Brega, January 1942|
|Source: Images of War, Africa||En route in Africa - Source unknown||Derna in Africa - Source unknown||Source: Images of War, Africa||Source: Images of War, Africa||Source: Images of War, Africa||Dug in.|
|source "an Opel book"||HQ 551||Serpentinenstrasse||Following a Horch Kfz17 radiotruck||Hospital convoy passed by a Pz II||Captured by British troops||1st version Wehrmacht bus. Location: Africa, shade is obviously essential.|
|Officers behind a bus. The man on the right seems to wear civvy clothes||A smoke brake.|
|Wehrmacht 1st version september 1944, sofia(bulgaria) - source Militaria 181(polish) Beutepanzer Russian army page87||Wehrmacht 1st version, 4th panzerdivision Eastfront1943 - source Militaria 135(polish), panzercolours V, page49|
|Numbers:||2880 minus 44 production|
|Number of windows:||7|
|Number of seats:||15 wooden benches (30 seats)|