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Seabrook Armored Truck


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Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1915
Manufactured by: Chassis: Standard Motor Truck Company (USA)*Armor: Portholme Aerodrome Company
*Imported by Seabrook Brothers
Crew:  7
Armament: Main: (1) 37mm Hotchkiss Naval Gun; Secondary: (4) Maxim .303 Machine Guns (Some sources state that later vehicles mounted Vickers .303 MG's)
Engine: (4) Cylinder Petrol (32hp Continental)
Miscellaneous Info: The Seabrook Armored Lorry was based upon the chassis of a 5-ton truck manufactured by Standard Motor Truck Company of Detroit, Michigan USA.  However, the name came from the British importer, Seabrook Brothers. The Seabrook was built to provide the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) Armored Car Squadrons with mobile heavy support weapons.  However as the truck was heavy and underpowered, they were not a success as they had to stay on roads or solid ground for the most part.

The vehicle was fitted with a rotating base and armored side panels that could be folded down to provide 360 degree gun traverse for the 37mm cannon.  Also, it's reported that some vehicles were also provided with gun shields to help protect the crew of the primary weapon as well.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

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     Seabrook Armored Truck Photos Imperial War Museum

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Seabrook Armored Truck Information and Photos Landships II

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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
The Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum: Armoured Cars (1900-1963)  

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