The Germans’ Kettenkrad (SdKfz 2) was so useful on the battlefield that everyone wanted to use it, even the Allies.
The scene in “Saving Private Ryan” where the U.S. soldiers are seen driving one isn’t much of a stretch. American and British servicemen were known to grab the machines, if possible, and make them work for the other side.
This image shows a G.I. with his new toy, properly painted to keep from being mistaken for the enemy!
Cory Graff is the military aviation curator at the Flying Heritage Collection.