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Wegmann & Co, Kassel, Nordhessen, Germany

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Location Category ID: 1121
Added to Database: 4 April 2010
Last Edited: 4 April 2010
Address: August-Bode-Strasse 1, 34127 Kassel
Telephone:
Email:
Opening Times:
Official Website: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Other Links: Wikipedia.de
Latitude, Longitude: 51.32328396 , 9.48657632
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: Tiger II Tank - Schweizerische Militärmuseum, Full, Zurzach, Aargau, Switzerland (Henschel-designed turret manufacturer)

Models of tank built here:
1: Panzerkampfwagen I Tank - Ausf B (Vehicles 1936-37 and chassis 1937-39)
2: Panzerjäger I Tank Destroyer (Sole PzKpfw IB chassis manufacturer 1937-39)
3: Panzerkampfwagen II Tank - Ausf A, B and C (Additional PzKpfw IIC manufacturer)
4: Panzerkampfwagen II Tank - Ausf F (Additional manufacturer until 1941)
5: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf G and H (Additional PzKpfw III G-H manufacturer)
6: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf J (Additional manufacturer)
7: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf L (Additional manufacturer)
8: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf M (Primary manufacturer)
9: Panzerkampfwagen III Tank - Ausf N (Primary manufacturer)
10: Flammpanzer III Flame-Throwing Tank (Conversion to Flammpanzer)
11: Tiger Tank - Early Production Model (Turret manufacturer)
12: Tiger Tank - Mid-Production Model (Turret manufacturer)
13: Tiger Tank - Late Production Model (Turret manufacturer)
14: Tiger II Tank - Porsche Turret Model (Porsche-designed turret manufacturer)
15: Tiger II Tank - Henschel Turret Model (Henschel-designed turret manufacturer)
16: Panzerbefehlswagen Tiger II Command Tank (Henschel-designed turret manufacturer)
17: Leopard Tank - Production Vehicles (Turret manufacturer)
18: Leopard 1A1 Tank (Turret manufacturer)
19: Leopard 1A2 Tank (Turret manufacturer)
20: Leopard 1A3 Tank (Turret manufacturer)
21: Leopard C1 Tank (Turret manufacturer)
22: Leopard 1A4 Tank (Turret manufacturer)
23: Leopard 1A5 Tank (Turret manufacturer)
24: Leopard C2 Tank (Turret manufacturer)



The former railway wagon factory Wegmann & Co. was founded in 1882 in Kassel by businessmen Peter Wegmann and Richard Harkort as “Casseler Waggonfabriken von Wegmann, Harkort & Co”. In 1886 it was renamed Wegmann & Co. In 1912 the company was taken over by the engineer August Bode and the businessman Conrad Köhler. Towards the end of World War I, in 1917, the firm won a contract to build five of the first German tanks, the K-Wagen. Another five were to be built by Riebe-Kugellager in Berlin-Weissensee but none were completed by the end of the war. In the 1920s the focus of the company became railway wagons again, in particular coaches for the well-known Henschel-Wegmann train.
During the Second World War the company was heavily involved in tank production, particularly the manufacture of tank turrets. After the was it returned to manufacturing coaches and trams. From the early 1960s it became involved again in the manufacture of tanks, namely the Leopard 1 and later the Leopard 2.
In 1960s Engelhard and Fritz Bode took over the management of the company. Eight years later it split into two independent companies, Wegmann & Co. and Brothers Bode & Co. In 1999 Wegmann & Co. became Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), with 51% of its shares owned by the Wegmann & Co. KG Holding Company in Kassel, which is controlled by the Bode family.

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1944

A turret from Wegmann being installed into a Tiger tank at the Henschel works, Bundesarchiv Collection
1: A turret from Wegmann being installed into a Tiger tank ...

Taken: 1944
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 242
Added: 4 April 2010
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