German Motorcycles

BSW Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

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1936-1945 Berlin-Suhler Waffen- u. Fahrzeugwerke (Simson & Co.) BSW, Suhl
1936-1945 Gustloff-Werke Waffenwerk, Suhl

With the assumption of power by the Nazis in 1933, the Jewish family Simson was expropriated in a show trial and sentenced to a payment of 1.75 million Reichsmark. Automobile production was discontinued in 1934 and the company was renamed Berlin-Suhler weapons and vehicle plants. The new BSW as well as the Gustloff-Werke in Suhl became a focus operation of German armor. From the mid-30s came from the former Simson works, and now BSW Gustloff, again first motor vehicles. Among other things, the BSW 98, which was made up in 1940.

After 1945, the Simson factory of the Soviet Military Administration was assumed (SAG Awtowelo AWO) and later integrated into the IFA combines. It was not until the early 60s, the name Samson in the GDR was revived as VEB-operation.

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