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History of the Unimog, an All-Terrain Vehicle With A Unique Concept : Video of the Week


Who doesn’t love the legendary Unimog? Serving as military vehicles and firefighters, participating in competitions like the Dakar Rally, and, of course, as expedition and overland vehicles, the beloved and respected Unimog has, as a matter of interest, a strikingly similar history to the Land Rover Defender. Designed by Albert Friedrich and Heinrich Rößler post-World War II, the Unimog was initially intended for agricultural use. Its unique design featured rear-wheel drive, switchable front-wheel drive, and equal-size wheels, allowing it to operate at higher speeds than standard farm tractors. Its high ground clearance and flexible frame, integral to its suspension, set the Unimog apart and give it unparalleled off-road capabilities.

In today’s video of the week, we take a look at the history of Unimog thanks to the YouTube channel Gear Tech HD.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell