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Machine Gun Car


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1909
Manufactured by: Chassis: Cadillac Automobile Company; Armament: Royal P. Davidson & Students at the Northwestern Military Academy - Highland Park, Illinois
Crew: 4?
Armament: (1) Colt .30 caliber Machine Gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: After his earlier efforts to create armed wheeled vehicles, Colonel Royal P. Davidson bought a Cadillac automobile (or two) and simply mounted a .30 caliber machine gun on the dash. It was referred to as the Davidson-Cadillac Machine Gun Car.  However, as the defense against balloons and dirigibles was a current trend, a year later Davidson bought two additional Cadillacs [or used the MG Car(s)] and named them Balloon Destroyers
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    Davidson-Cadillac Machine Gun Car Photos David Haugh Collection via Patrick Keenan-Editor

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American Armored Cars A.J. Clemens
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Early U.S. Armor: Armored Cars 1915-40 (New Vanguard #254) Steven Zaloga
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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