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Mack Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1916
Manufactured by: Mack Brothers Company (now Mack Trucks)
Crew: 5-7?
Armament: (2) .30 caliber machine guns
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: Under the direction of the New York National Guard (NYNG) and sponsored by members of U.S. Steel, the Central Trust Company of New York and Redmond & Company, a unit consisting of a fleet of heavy armored cars was created.  This unit was named the 1st Armored Motor Battery and was commanded by the brainchild of the idea, Captain Harry G. Montgomery. To form the nucleus of the unit, a series of heavy armored cars were to be built using a common set of plans developed by Mack Brothers Company.  The vehicles were to utilize the automotive components built by different companies, but fitted with standardized armored hulls. The three (3) companies that became involved in the program were Locomobile Company of America, Mack and White Motor Car Company.

It was planned that the unit would take these new vehicles with them during their deployment to Europe in World War I. Captain Montgomery even envisioned that if the unit and their cars performed well, the design would be adopted by the regular U.S. Army for serial production en masse. Unfortunately, due to the disinterest of the Army, the unit was not sent to the battlefields of Europe, and thusly only a handful of vehicles were ever built.  However, the NYNG battery was instead sent to the Mexican Border, but did not see any combat

The Mack-built armored car in this series of vehicles used the Mack AB 2 ton truck chassis and powered by a 45 horsepower 4-Cylinder gasoline engine. It carried two (2) pedestal-mounted .30 cal Colt machine guns in the rear of the vehicle, although it appears they were not always fitted.  Due to the use of the standardized armor hull, the Mack vehicle looked very similiar to the Locomobile and White Armored Cars and are hard to distinguish between them.
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  Mack Armored Car Photo Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  Mack Armored Car Photo Mack Trucks

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Mack Armored Car Information & Photos American Fighting Vehicle Database


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American Armored Cars (Grenadier Books) A.J. Clemens
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armored Car - A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R. P. Hunnicutt
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
U.S. Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #40 Robert J. Icks
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

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