From the start of the rearmament of the German Army in the early 1930s, the
benefits of motorized vehicles were realized and all efforts were made to
provide the proper vehicles for the 'Blitzkrieg' style. In the middle of the
thirties Mercedes-Benz company developed LG 3000 off-road three-axle ( 6x4 )
truck. There was the continuation of the Mercedes G 3 model from the 1928 year.
Instead of their competitors with gazoline engines, type LG 3000 was equipped
with Diesel engine.
Truck was delivered mainly to the Luftwaffe and the Engineers troops. Its
battle career started in the Spanish Civil War. Service continued to be used
throughout the World War II. Many types of bodies were bulit.
In the Wehrmacht this Krupp vehicle was used as Radio truck, Fuel tank truck
(3500 L capacity), Photography truck, Mobile meteorological station, Airport
searchlight truck, etc. They served on all fronts from Russia to North Africa.
Production ended in 1938. Because truck served throughout WW II, there were
applied all variants of German camouflages. Pre-World War II Germany camouflage
schema used RAL 7021 Dark Gray as a base color with camouflage patches of RAL
7017 Brown. In Europe there was Panzer Grau (RAL 6006), while in Africa there
was Sand. Panzer Grau was replacedby Dunkelgelb (RAL 7058) with green or brown
mottles. Cars were overpainted by whitewash in the winter conditions.
Length -7100 mm
Width - 2300 mm
Height - 2800 mm
Empty weight - 5000 kg aprox.
Load weight - 8000 kg aprox.
Wheel base - 3900 mm
Rear wheel base - 1050 mm
Road clearance – 225 mm
Engine - Mercedes six-cylinder Mercedes Diesel , 7 413ccm, 95 HP
Gear - Four forward, one reverse
Wheel arrangement - 6 x 4
Brakes - Hydraulic on all wheels
Fuel capacity-122 L gasoline
Fuel consumption on the road - 30,0 L/100 km
Fuel consumption off road - 45,0 L/100 km
Road speed - 56 km/h