Treaty of Versailles forbade the reconstruction of the German army.
Nevertheless, its commanders evaded the obstacle by introducing vehicles
of the civil production, which was not subject to any limitations. Thus
they set up entire companies equipped with motorvehicles, developing in
this way a “motorized mentality” among the crews. The Zündapp. with a
production total of 18.000 units due to its structure which guaranteed
easy and economical handling - was considered one of the most modern
accomplishments of the age in the field of motorcycle construction.
Because of its extraordinary qualities, the Zündapp could follow and
escort the tank units of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS to all theatres
of operations, especially in Russia, since the side car was even
furnishe with heating for hands and feet of the man. Zündapps were
distributed to all units of the armed forces, Only after 1943, they were
replaced by 4-wheel vehicles.