Together with several partners, Friedrich completed his drafts in 1948, sending the model into production at the Messrs Boehringer plant in Schwabisch Gmund. The project proved to be far beyond the capabilities of its creators, so a company the size of Daimler-Benz had to step in and take charge of the development and financing operations. This happened in 1950, and one year later Daimler kicked off production at its own plant in Gaggenau. (In August 2002, Unimog production moved from Gaggenau to Worth).
The term Unimog, which stands for Universal-Motor-Gerat (loosely translated, a universal motorized machine), was paired with the Mercedes distinct logo in 1953, the same year when the second version of the model, one with a fully enclosed cab, was launched.
The first people to see the opportunities the Unimog had to offer were, of course, the military, who quickly adopted the model for use in various tasks. Strangely enough, what was initially meant as a civilian machine turned into a mechanized warrior, helping armed forces do anything from transporting troops to working as radio trucks. Soon after, however, the model begun catching the eye of farmers and city authorities, slowly moving into the civilian life it was originally intended for. Now, the Unimog can be seen doing just about anything, from servicing the Autobahn to clearing up the snow and ice on mountain roads all over the world.
The Unimogs are currently used for a huge variety of tasks, most of which take place on such a harsh terrain that would kill any other vehicle. It also features attachment points for a large variety of implements, giving it almost limitless applicability.