In 1995 we started our hunt for a '1 Ton' Sd.Kfz.10 Zugmachine . The wish to secure an example of a 1 ton, or 'Demag', as it is incorrectly but more popularly known, had been growing for some time. There were many parts available at the time but nothing substantial in body terms. Our frustration grew with the occasional appearance of other examples at various military vehicle shows in the mid-1990s.
The drought eventually broke when we were eventually offered one by a collector widely respected for his knowledge of 1 Ton Zugmachine half-tracks. The deal was agreed with the project in situ awaiting restoration in the workshops of an individual based just outside Rouen, renowned for his history in restoring 1 ton Zugmachinen. This would be yet another leichte Zugkraftwagen 1 t – Sd.Kfz.10 Ausf.B for him to complete. What made the deal more compelling was that the collector had amassed a great deal of parts over the years in his determination to complete the project. His window had opened for the workshop team to start his Zugmachine but his circumstances did not allow him to do so. A sale was preferred. This was the ideal scenario for us outsiders. We were left with only a limited number of items to track down from the 1 ton Zugmachine parts list.
The history of this vehicle is not known other than that it had been removed from a river in Lithuania a few years before. A collector friend of ours insists he has photos and a video of the moment the 1 Ton Zugmachine was removed from the river. These details will follow.
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