The Schwimmwagen was designed in 1940 to be used by airborne troops. The design incorporated as many parts of the Kübelwagen as possible.
Before entering the water the propeller was swung down and locked into position. Steering was managed by the front wheels.
By 1944 production was slowed because of shortages of raw materials and Allied bombing.
The Schwimmwagens were used mostly by reconnaissance units and commanders.
The Schwimmwagen was mostly found on the Eastern Front.
The Deutsches Afrika Korps used some Schwimmwagens and requested more but most were sent to the Eastern Front.