†In Pictures:†The VW Beetle
The war interrupts

Hitlerís invasion of Poland in 1939 halted work on the civilian Volkswagen. Vehicle designers instead concentrated their efforts on the boxy Kubelwagen and this amphibious Schwimmwagen.

Kraft-durch-Freude-Stadt was converted to repair aircraft and build V1 flying bombs. It was itself heavily bombed by the Allies towards the end of the war.

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