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Armor and ground forces of the Axis forces during World War II.
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German Vehicle Question?
stevedb227
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 05:42 AM UTC
On the front fenders of German trucks and armored cars there are two metal rods with a white painted ball on the end. Can anyone please tell me what they were called and what was their function?
Gotrek58
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 05:53 AM UTC
This rods are called „Peilstangen“, showing the driver the width of his vehicle.


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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 08:09 AM UTC
Many thanks for the answer. I really appreciate it.
165thspc
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 08:21 AM UTC
Yep, width markers (today called bumper guides) are for the purpose of allowing the driver to better tell where the front corners of his/her truck are.

Not so common these days on big trucks. (Did not say they were not still a good idea.) But if you look long and hard enough on the highways you will find some out there.

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The angled off-set is to give a little extra "safety" clearance beyond the limits of the actual vehicle corners.
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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2019 - 11:34 AM UTC
Thank you, that was very informative.