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The Great DAF PAG-trekker thread!

May 29 2005 at 3:30 PM
Nuyt 

 
In the 1938-1940 period the Dutch Army ordered a large number of light artillery tractors or Anti-tank gun tractors from DAF (Van Doorne's Aanhangwagenfabriek) in Eindhoven. In Dutch these were called PAG-trekkers, PAG meaning "pantserafweergeschut". DAF built these on both Ford and Chevrolet chassis by converting them to four wheel drive and adding specialised bodywork with 3 rows of seats for 6 crewmembers and ammo storage in the back.

I have never come across a total number ordered or produced, but since they were used to tow the Dutch Boehler 47mm anti-tank guns - of which there were approx. 350 - such could be the number built by DAF: around 350. There are also reports of the vehicles being used as staffcars or personnel vehicles, but that may have been exceptions.
On top of that several versions seem to have been built, possibly 7 or 8.

Time to take a better look at this vehicle. Bart Vanderveen wrote extensively about the DAF Ford and Chevrolet connections in his Wheels and Tracks magazine, so that's where I base this first step on. But even he is not clear about everything. Recently a thread at the Maple Leaf UP Forums delt with PAG-trekkers: http://www.mapleleafup.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2478

Certain is that the PAG-trekkers were built in several batches, differing by model year but also bodywork. Perhaps the ordering of the batches to be built was synchronised with the completion of orders for the anti-tank guns?

I will start two-subthreads, one for Ford versions and one for Chevrolet.

Enjoy and be welcome to post your PAG-trekker pictures for precise identification!
Nuyt


    
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Nuyt

Ford/DAF PAG-trekkers

May 29 2005, 3:40 PM 

The forst batch of 56 units was ordered in mid-1938. Note the rather small ammo-locker in the rear and extra ammo cases on the running boards. This is the 1938 Ford/DAF 81Y small locker type:

That same year another batch was built with a larger ammo-locker, still on a Ford/DAF 81Y basis:

Similar bodies were built on 1939 and 1940 chassis. These were Ford/DAF 91Y and 01Y respectively, seen here in German service after 1940:

It seems a different version was also built on 1939 chassis with just 4 seats and very large ammo storage. This type was probably used to tow the gun AND a special limber, carrying the gunshield and more ammo. Here seen in German service on the Eastern Front:

Any comments/corrections welcome!
Nuyt

 
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Nuyt

examples of 38 type in German POlice Service

June 2 2005, 6:20 PM 

posted on the AXIS-history forum:
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=78752
Enjoy,
Nuyt

 
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nuyt

one

November 2 2005, 9:28 PM 

in German service, leading a parade (Axishistory forum) as staffcar

 
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nuyt

one more 1939 Ford in German (Pioneer?) service

February 8 2006, 6:42 PM 

from the Axishistory forum:


    
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nuyt

More picture through Bert Koopman

September 20 2006, 8:47 PM 

Bert Koopman sent me these great pictures. They are from ebay auctions.

In German police service in the occupied Netherlands:






And one in Dutch pre-war service:


Thanks Bert!
Enjoy,
Nuyt

 
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Nuyt

For modellers

December 31 2006, 10:15 PM 

There is now a 1938 Ford pagtrekker in 1/76 by Giesbers Models
http://tracks-n-troops.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4253

 
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nuyt

More

June 29 2007, 5:05 PM 

posted by Sander on the AXH forums, ebay origins:



    
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Nuyt

A 91Y with interesting trailer

August 8 2007, 10:56 AM 

From Ebay, posted by Sander on the AXForum:

 
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Edwin Hoogschagen

Dutch colours on PAG trekkers

November 6 2007, 11:47 AM 

Can anyone tell me what was the colour of these cars? some kind of olive/khaki?

kind regards,
Edwin

 
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Rogier Peeters

Ford 4-seater?

November 14 2007, 9:53 PM 

A Ford pag-trekker:


Source & large resolution photo:
http://beeldbank.bhic.nl/component/option,com_memorix/Itemid,2/task,topview/cp,8/CollectionID,1/RecordID,57829/PhotoID,BHC001038572/

The number on the windshield reads III-69. The Roman numeral III indicates the vehicle belongs to the cavalry and cyclists; numbers III-51 to III-400 had been allocated to 1e Regiment Wielrijders (1st Bicycle Regiment).

 
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nuyt

Interesting variant?

February 6 2008, 10:08 PM 

Georges Mazy sent me these pics of 1940 year Ford pagtrekkers.
Could be German personnel and the cars seems to have small doors instead of canvas...?

 
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nuyt

Chevrolet

February 6 2008, 10:14 PM 

The bottom one seems to be a Chevy....

 
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Nuyt

Serving on the Eastern Front

November 29 2008, 5:00 PM 

source ebay
[linked image]

 
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Nuyt

Chevrolet/DAF PAG-trekkers

May 29 2005, 3:58 PM 

I did not find any reference to Chevrolet 1938 chassis being used, just 1939 and 1940.
Here's a PAG-trekker on Chevrolet 1/2 ton KC chassis, exceptional as all other Ford and Chevrolet PAG-0trekkers were built on 1 ton chassis. Was it just a prototype?
It has just 4 seats and a large ammo locker:

More common however seems this 1939 Chevrolet/DAF JE type of which there seem to be many pictures:

I did not find any pictures of 1940 models.
Any comments welcome!
Nuyt


    
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Rogier Peeters

Re: Chevrolet/DAF PAG-trekkers

May 29 2005, 7:10 PM 


One of the pag-trekkers (with Lewis MG) with the Dutch troops in the UK.

Source: http://www.fuseliers.net>

 
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Nuyt

Chevrolet in German service

June 6 2005, 9:04 PM 

Some months ago MR Georges Mazy sent me this picture of a Chevrolet/DAF in German service

 
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Nuyt

PAG section

June 9 2005, 7:27 PM 

on E-bay auction found by Lorenzo Tonioli of Italy:

Looks like a Chevrolet?
Mille grazie Lorenzo!

 
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nuyt

more chevrolets

November 2 2005, 9:10 PM 

in German service, found on the axishistory forums:


 
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nuyt

one more

November 2 2005, 9:25 PM 


Sorry, forgot where I found it, Axishistory?

 
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