Eight Wheeled Armored Car Is Equipped With Wireless (Jun, 1931)

Eight Wheeled Armored Car Is Equipped With Wireless

THE Tank Corps of the British army has recently adopted an armored car which is equipped with eight wheels and a long distance wireless sending and receiving set. The car will be used principally for patrolling the rough semi-desert country in Mesopotamia and in India along the Afganistan frontier in conjunction with the present aerial patrol.

Although only a six – wheel drive car, it is so equipped that two spare wheels may be brought into service, giving caterpillar traction over rough ground. The car is heavily armored and is fitted with machine guns and small cannon.

  1. Johnny Q says: May 5, 201010:54 am

    But what they don’t tell you is how much they’ll charge you for the connection, do they? It sounds like a great idea until you realize that $8/day is a pretty big rip off if you just want to check your e-mail and read some blogs.

  2. StanFlouride says: May 5, 201011:16 am

    I am certain this new battlefield technology will bring peace to that region of the world that will last for centuries to come!

  3. Firebrand38 says: May 5, 201012:01 pm

    I for one welcome our new 8 wheeled Overlords.

  4. Firebrand38 says: May 5, 201012:04 pm

    Stan: I have to point out that the area known then as “India along the Afghanistan frontier” is now Pakistan. Still troubled of course…

  5. Sean says: May 6, 20109:54 am

    Is that thing really 8-wheeled or is that simply the spare tire back one from the front?

  6. Firebrand38 says: May 6, 201010:12 am

    Sean; if you actually read the article it says, “Although only a six – wheel drive car, it is so equipped that two spare wheels may be brought into service”.

  7. Firebrand38 says: May 6, 201010:42 am

    Sean: OK, I think I’ve identified the vehicle as a Crossley Armored Car.

    The following link takes you to a better picture of the vehicle. The wheels at the sides behind the front fenders aren’t spares but they aren’t driven either. They’re described as “freely hung” and apparently keep the vehicle from getting stuck on the crest of steep climbs.


  8. StanFlouride says: May 6, 201011:22 am

    My point exactly. It is the burial ground of empires.

  9. John Savard says: May 6, 201011:50 am

    And the semi-desert of Mesopotamia, now known as Iraq. So, yes, it is rather an uncomfortable parallel. At least today our tanks have smaller radio antennas, harder for attackers to disable.

  10. John Savard says: May 6, 201011:55 am

    Interestingly enough, some other models of the Vickers-Crossley armored car were sold to Japan, presumably in the 1920s, and they ended up being used against China in the years that led to the Second World War.

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