"The armored cars of dreams, contrived to let us do so many a dangerous thing". -- Elizabeth Bishop
We’ve done features on lots of differenttypes of road vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, from vintage and antique examples to the very unusual, odd, weird and at times utterly bizarre. This time we take a look at the many different types of armoured cars that have appeared over the last one hundred years.
(Armored Vehicle art from Russia; images via 1, 2)
We'll start with perhaps the most interesting - a streamlined armored car: "Built by Skoda in 1923 and armed with 4 Maxim MGs,
this Zelva served with the Czechoslovak police, and weighed more than 7 tons":
This was the main armoured car used by the Polish Army at the outbreak of World War I in 1939 (left image below). On the right you can see an armored vehicle from the First World War at the Royal Automotive Museum in Amman, Jordan:
Also from Poland, the Kubus armoured vehicle used during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. It was designed by the Polish fighters, based on a Chevrolet truck and used to carry between eight and twelve people:
The Channel Islands off the coast of Northern France were the only British territory occupied by Germany in World War II. This vehicle was captured by the Germans after the invasion and put to use by the occupying forces (left image below):
Right image above: This vehicle was used by the military in Czechoslovakia in the thirties and a few were captured and used in Eastern Europe by the Germans in World War II.
British armored vehicle supplied to Tito’s partisans in Yugoslavia in late 1944 (left image below). On the right: Crossley supplied Vickers with a number of chassis for use in the manufacture of armoured cars in the 1920s. These vehicles were sold to a variety of different countries, this one seeing service in India:
This Crossley Mk I armoured vehicle was developed in the twenties. It was considered inferior to the more popular Rolls Royce cars, although the Crossley models were used for training early in World War II:
The Lanchester Mk II armoured car was first built in 1928. Most were based in the UK, but a few were used elsewhere in the Empire, with the ones in Malaya being captured and later used by Japanese forces:
This armored limousine ZIS-115 dates back to the Soviet Union in the late 1940s and was one of the models used to drive Joseph Stalin himself around. "The heavily armored car weighed over 8 tons, and its windows (each of which weighed over 200 kg) were powered by a hydraulic system":
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