The Sanitätsdienst (medical service) of the German armed forces operates a wide variety of vehicles, from utility cars to armoured ambulances.
Krankentransportwagen – Ambulances
Mercedes ambulance for up to four stretchers, in use with the Wehrbereichskommando V in Stuttgart, photographed when ferrying a patient to the (civilian) Katharinenhospital:
Same ambulance type, in use at the Bundeswehrkrankenhaus in Ulm, mainly used for ferrying the SAR crew from the hospital to the helicopter pad:
Newer ambulances on Mercedes chassis, the one with the faded red cross was used by the German Navy in Kiel:
Mercedes “Wolf” 4×4 ambulance, snapped in Itzehoe, and belonging to the Heeresfliegerregiment 6 (Army Aviation Regiment 6) at Hungriger Wolf:
Older Mercedes Unimog ambulance snapped in Tübingen. Three-tone camouflage on these vehicles was quite a rarity. Also note that the box body has the antenna frames (on the roof), normally associated with a communications vehicle:
Mercedes Unimog ambulance for up to four stretchers, in use with the Luftwaffe, and permanently assigned to the travelling exhibition “Unsere Luftwaffe” (“Our Air Force”):
MAN 5to ambulances for up to twelve stretcher patients, used by the Sanitätsbataillon 6 in Itzehoe:
Notarztwagen (NAW) – Emergency Ambulance with Doctor
At several army hospitals, the Bundeswehr supports the civilian EMS system with their own emergency ambulances, usually manned by a doctor. This example is a SAVE-Rettungswagen (a trial series of modular emergency ambulances built on Volkswagen and Mercedes chassis), allocated to the Bundeswehr-Zentralkrankenhaus Koblenz:
- Bundeswehr – Luftrettung (HEMS) and SAR Services
- Bundeswehr – Feuerwehr (fire service of Germany’s armed forces)
- Bundeswehr – Feldjäger (German military police)
Please note that these are scans from old 35mm slides from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.