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The Kübelwagen, short for Kübelsitzwagen which in English literally means "bucket-seat car" was the primary German military car in the 1930s used by the German military.
The Kübelwagen is a vehicle featured in Battlefield 1942 as the Axis counterpart to the Allies' Willys MB. Seating two players, it is issued to German, Japan (prior to replacement by the Type 95 Kurogane in a patch) and Italian in Road to Rome. It is shown as a grayish-blue color with a Balkenkreuz on the sides or an Italian flag in The Road to Rome.
The National Jeep is a transportation vehicle featured in Battlefield Heroes for the National Army and is the counterpart of the Royal Jeep. The Jeep can seat three players, one driver and two passengers. The driver maneuvers the jeep and can use the horn while the passengers can use their weapons and/or abilities to attack enemy infantry and vehicles.
The vehicle lacks any mounted weapons but its fast speed makes it much easier to obtain Roadkills than other vehicles. This is more prevalent in the National Jeep than the Royal Jeep due to the former's larger front bumper. Additionally, the National Jeep provides more protection with a bulletproof windshield. Despite this, it has slower acceleration on bumpy terrain than the Royal Jeep.
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The vehicle can be found and commandeered at points of the singleplayer war stories Under No Flag and Nordlys. In the former campaign, the Kubelwagen is featured prominently in the cutscenes between acts, as Billy Bridger and George Mason steal one and use it to travel to objectives after locking its previous driver in the trunk. The vehicle eventually develops engine trouble, forcing them to abandon it.
The vehicle can seat three players; the driver, operating the vehicle from the front left seat; the gunner, using an MG 34 on a pintle mount from the back seat row; and a passenger, sitting to the right of the driver. The machine gun can rotate 360°, and the vehicle is capable of towing stationary weapons.
Being very low to the ground and with no roof, vehicle occupants are highly vulnerable to small arms fire, and while the vehicle itself can survive a single direct hit from a tank shell or Panzerfaust, the blast can at times kill passengers. It also carries one less player than the Universal Carrier. The vehicle's primary asset is its speed and small size, that allows it to outpace most if not all ground vehicles in the game while simultaneously presenting a very small target. Although the vehicle can maintain its significant speed off-road, the Kubelwagen can become stuck on or in terrain obstacles due to its lack of crushing ability and two-wheel drive, and may receive more damage in collisions than other light transports because of its high speed. As with the USA's GPW, the vehicle's windscreen will fold down once a player occupies the front passenger seat.