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Royal Enfield WD/RE

The Enfield WD/RE known as the Flea was a lightweight British developed by Royal Enfield for the War Office (the WD came War Department) as a means of transport for could be dropped by parachute or in gliders, to quickly carry and signals between airborne and troops where radio were not in place.


The known Royal Enfield for the Second World War was, the WD/RE 125 cc which was as the Flying Flea and designed to be by parachute with airborne

After the German authorities the Dutch franchisee of the DKW RT100 from receiving any more in 1938, preferring a non-Jewish Royal Enfield was contacted by the importer about producing a motorcycle. Using a less but increased capacity two-… in the same frame, a few of these RE were made before the of the Second World War.

As with other British manufacturers, the Royal Enfield production was turned over to the war Military motorcycles included the Enfield WD/C 350 cc the Royal Enfield WD/D sidevalve and the Royal Enfield 570 cc.

In early 1942, the War Office twenty WD/RE motorcycles Royal Enfield for testing. on their 1939 civilian design, the prototype had a right brake and was fitted with an carburettor and had a low mounted toolbox.

The went well and led to some including fitting a twin-box system to help silence the two … engine, a Villiers (indicated by a ‘V’ on the engine), the toolbox and fitting a folding footrests and even folding so that it could be packed the smallest possible space. A lighting system was added, with a sealed vent on the filler to prevent spillage the motorcycle was packed in a drop The foot brake was also to the left side.

The reason the War Office wanted a lightweight motorcycle was to establish between troops that had dropped by parachute and the front forces, who could be some away or out of radio contact. The was how to make sure that the landed without too much In the summer of 1942 experimentation began to develop a protective that would go right the motorcycle.

A number of different were tested by dropping from the … racks of such as the Halifax and Lancaster As well as surviving the drop, the also had to be easy to remove on The prototypes met neither requirement as were too light and bent the on impact but eventually a design was that worked with tubing and increased bracing and in 1942, went into at the Enfield’s Calton Hill in Edinburgh.

The first significant orders for the Enfield WD/RE were placed during early but after all the planning and preparation a few were actually dropped the battle zone by parachute, as it was to load them into carrying gliders four at a without the protective frames, and by a special harness instead. A of Royal Enfield WD/RE were also used for landings during 1943 and and were carried inside craft for communication between the and the nearest front line

Post war

There was a huge for cheap and reliable transport the war so any surviving models which disposed of as war surplus were down and repainted for civilian Most of this work was out at Enfield’s Bradford-on-Avon works in A few military Royal Enfield motorcycles remained in limited use until the end of the 1940s.

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