Military Precision

The columns of men and machines of the German Army were required to adhere to strict codes of conduct

These young soldiers are using BMW R4 single-cylinder motorcycles to learn the skills they will require as military motorcyclists. One of those skills is the ability to regulate the movement of motorised columns. The BMW R4 was built from 1932 to 1937. Although the motorcycles were obtained for training purposes, many would see active service during the war years.

For the benefit of both officers and men in the United States Army, issue No 24 of Tactical and Technical Trends, dated May 6, 1943, included a section on the German Army entitled Notes on March Discipline of Motorized Troops.

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