SOLDIERS ON TWO WHEELS Motorcycles in the Austrian Federal Army of the First Republic (1920–1938)


This 320-page illustrated work is dedicated to an unexplored chapter in Austria’s vehicular history, namely the use of motorcycles in the military. The time span reaches from 1903 and the first deployment of two-wheeled vehicles on manoeuvres in the k.u.k. Army, through the Federal Army of the First Republic and the Austrian motorcycles deployed between 1938 and 1945, right up to the demise of the despatch rider in 2008 in Austria’s Second Federal Army. The text is complemented by numerous contemporary photographs as well as graphics and colour photographs of historical motorcycles related to the military from private collections.

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