Our already existing collection of ex-Austrian Army Gräf&Stift trucks has been extended by a type LAFD210 6x6 from this prestigious former Austrian truck manufacturer. After a hint from one of our friends at MAN trucks Vienna, Franz and Florian Schwendemann recovered this truck under unusually nice weather conditions on July 22. While 200 of these trucks had been procured by the Austrian Army (primarily for service with the engineer batallions), only very few survived their "second life" in civilian use. They were the direct predecessors of the ÖAF gl sLKW trucks introduced in 1976, and our vehicle had been registered under Army license plate BH 82.494. So far we have not been able to identify the unit it served with, only the tactical markings of a staff company are still legible. Further "cannibalizing" the two existing Gräf&Stift wrecks in our inventory, this vehicle will be made road-worthy again.

"Grandson" rescues "Granddad": MAN 33.500 pushes Gräf&Stift LAFD210 onto the low-loader

Due to the still existing COVID 19 risk, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Fall Gathering.

As a responsible organization, we cannot accept the risk exposure for a meeting with potentially up to 1000 visitors.

We are looking forward to our Fall Gathering 2021 and wish all our members, friends and supporters an enjoyble and above all safe fall 2020!

How we transport our historic vehicles

In these times of limited meetings and presentations, we want to provide you with an "insight" into how we move our heavy Oldies. Since our collection include several "Heavies", and also due to the fact that it really hurts to drive a 70-year old truck  over the highway for several hundred kilometers, we have started to develop our own heavy haulage several years ago.

New Addition to our Collection - Berliet GBC 8MT of the 11th Air Defense Batallion

On June 19 our heavy transport section was on the road again to collect new additions to our collection. In typical "exercise" weather, Peter Klausner transported two Berliet GBC 8MT trucks from their previous owner in St.Andrä-Wördern to our workshop in Prottes. Both vehicles saw their "active" service with the 11th Air Defense Batallion  ("FlaB 11") in Langenlebarn and were retired at the end of 1990. In 1992 they were sold off to a private owner and parked for the next 22 years, when in 2014 they were bought by their latest owner who restored one of the into pristine condition (the second vehicle survived in a slightly cannibalized condition). Together with the one other GBC 8MT already in our collection and an 8MT KT tractor unit, these four trucks now provide suffient "spare parts" to ensure the survival of fully operational examples of this exotic French part of Austrian Military Motorization history.

Titelblatt - UNSER HEER - Ausgabe2/2020

Das Bundesheer setzt bei der Krisen-Bewältigung auf die Miliz

Jetzt hilft die Miliz! Zur Bewältigung der Corona-Krise wurde erstmals in der Geschichte der Zweiten Republik österreichweit die Miliz des Bundesheeres aufgeboten. Seit Mai stehen 2.500 Soldatinnen und Soldaten im Einsatzpräsenzdienst und beweisen damit einmal mehr: Österreichs Bevölkerung kann sich auf unser Heer verlassen!