Armored Chevys in the Warsaw Uprising of
By Al Mroz, Menlo Park,
The uprising in Warsaw
during World War II does not immediately cause automotive historians to think
about 1938 Chevrolet trucks. In fact, the thought of a Chevy truck outfitted
with homemade armor being used to attack the German army sounds, at the very
least, futile. Yet that is exactly what happened in Poland in 1944.
Three years before World War II began in Europe, General Motors signed an
agreement with Lilpop, Rau and Loewenstein Company in Warsaw to assemble
Chevrolet cars and trucks, and Buick 90 limousines. This company had specialized
in building railroad cars for many years, but after the invasion and occupation
of Poland by the Nazis at the end of 1939, they ceased operations, as did many
other factories and enterprises in Poland. In this state of war it was
impossible to continue manufacturing, however, numerous vehicles had been built
and imported in the previous years.
When the Warsaw Uprising started in early August 1944, the idea of creating an
improvised armored vehicle came up immediately in an effort to offset the
otherwise insurmountable odds that the partisans faced. Chevrolet trucks that
had been assembled by Lilpop, Rau and Loewnstein were the first choice for such
a tall order. . . .
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