Pat Stansell and I first began discussing this project in October 1998. Initially, I envisioned a series of articles to be published in Military Miniatures in Review, detailing the many uses of the Kübelwagen in World War Two. Yet, the more we dug and the more we talked, the more variants we discovered. It was finally decided that this project would launch a Special Issue series for the magazine. Rather than attempting to slap something together for the sake of selling a book, the research involved in this special has been, in a word, painstaking. For every mystery solved, four more surfaced; for every stone overturned, a new rabbit hole was discovered. I resolved that the vehicles presented in this book would be only those that could actually be verified by authentic wartime photographs, and which played a significant role in the story. One thing is certain—no two VW researchers anywhere agree 100% on everything. There exists a bizarre array of conflicting nomenclatures and designations, owing primarily to two points: a large amount of Volkswagen production data was destroyed in 1945 and the high volume of vehicles manufactured resulted in numerous modifications.
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