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Humber "Ironside"

Light Reconnaissance Car

Mark 1


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941
Manufactured by: Rootes Group, Ltd. (Humber)
Crew: 3
Armament: (2) Bren .303 Light Machine Guns
Engine: (6) Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous: The Humber LRC Mk I was built on the Humber Super Snipe chassis, with drive only to the rear wheels (4x2 Configuration). While armor was shaped well, the vehicle was open-topped with minimal protection for the crew. About 200 Mark Is were completed before production switched to the Humber LRC Mark 2.  None of the Ironside LRC's saw combat.

The vehicle was also named "Ironside", after General Sir Edmund Ironside, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff and later Commander in Chief of Home Forces.  Other names used for this vehicle were "Humberette" and Super Snipe Light Armoured Car.  Another variant of this vehicle was also created for transportation of VIP's, which was called the Ironside "Special Saloon". The Special Saloon had a wider hull, larger door, enclosed top and more lavish interior furnishings.
Data Sheet Available: None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Humber Light Recon Car Mark 1 Photo (Above) David Haugh - Content Editor

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
"The Wyvern of Wessex and their Armored Cars"  By M. McEwen Charlish Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #32)


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars in Two World Wars George Forty
Armoured Cars (Marmon-Herrington, Alvis-Straussler, Light Reconnaissance) - AFV Weapons Profile #30 B.T. White
British Armoured Cars 1914-1945 B.T. White
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Humber Bent Carlsens Forlag Aps
"Humber at War: Part 2" (October 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Mike Taylor
Humber Light Reconnaissance Car: 1941-45 (Osprey Publishing: New Vanguard #177) Richard Doherty
  "Light Work" (January 2023 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Craig Moore
"Protection Detail" (November 2020 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Fletcher
"Vehicles of the Reconnaissance Corps" (March 2022 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Garden

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Humber LRC Mark 1 "Ironside 1" Model Kit (IMA05635) International Models Asia 1/35 Resin.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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