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Pierce-Arrow Armored Truck


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1916
Manufactured by: Chassis: Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company; Hull & Assembly: W. G. Allen & Sons
Crew: 4?
Armament: Turret*: (1) 3 Pounder (47mm) Vickers QF Cannon
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info:

To provide heavy fire support for the British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), Russian Armored Car Division's expedition to Russia, the Pierce-Arrow Armored Lorry (Truck) was designed and built on the American Pierce-Arrow 5 ton truck chassis.  Only two (2) vehicles of this design were built. The Pierce-Arrow chassis was selected because of the great service the lorries had already provided to the Royal Navy as cargo/utility lorries.  It was also successfully used as the base for the Royal Marines' Pierce-Arrow Armored Anti-Aircraft Trucks

Reportedly, soon after their arrival in Russia, it was discovered that the vehicles were too heavy for consistent use due to the primitive road conditions they encountered. Therefore, at least one (1) of the cars was modified to reduce its weight.  *This was accomplished by removing its turret and replacing it with a gun pedestal/shield arrangement.  Also, flat armor plates were also added to the rear sides.

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      Pierce-Arrow Armored Truck Photos Imperial War Museum

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A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Early Armoured Cars (AFV Profile #9) Major General N.W. Duncan
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War David Fletcher

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