Bundeswehr – Sanitätsdienst

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:

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-558 961 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-558 961 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-558 961 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-558 961 – © Bernd Biege

Same ambulance type, in use at the Bundeswehrkrankenhaus in Ulm, mainly used for ferrying the SAR crew from the hospital to the helicopter pad:

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-548 542 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-548 542 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-548 542 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-548 542 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-548 542 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-548 542 – © Bernd Biege

Newer ambulances on Mercedes chassis, the one with the faded red cross was used by the German Navy in Kiel:

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-613 368 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-613 368 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-703 780 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-703 780 – © Bernd Biege

Mercedes “Wolf” 4×4 ambulance, snapped in Itzehoe, and belonging to the Heeresfliegerregiment 6 (Army Aviation Regiment 6) at Hungriger Wolf:

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-320 369 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-320 369 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-320 369 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-320 369 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-320 369 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-320 369 – © Bernd Biege

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:

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-623 026 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-623 026 – © Bernd Biege

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”):

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-609 528 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-609 528 – © Bernd Biege

MAN 5to ambulances for up to twelve stretcher patients, used by the Sanitätsbataillon 6 in Itzehoe:

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – © Bernd Biege

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 Sanitätsdienst - Y-507 054 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-507 054 – © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-507 054 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-507 054 – © Bernd Biege

Mobile Clinic

Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst - Y-500 667 - © Bernd Biege
Bundeswehr Sanitätsdienst – Y-500 667 – © Bernd Biege

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Please note that these are scans from old 35mm slides from my archives, with resultant deterioration in colours and sharpness.

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