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Kirsch Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Australia
First Produced/Service Dates: 1942
Manufactured by: Rupert V. Kirsch (Pilot models).
Crew: 3 (First Pilot Model)
4 (Second Pilot Model)
Armament: Two (2) or three (3) Light Machine Guns
Engine: Various; depending on source automobile
Miscellaneous Info: This type of improvised vehicle was proposed by Melbourne businessman, Rupert V. Kirsch. His plan was to use donated privately owned automobiles which had their normal bodies removed and replaced by standardized mild-steel armored ones. The source vehicles were NOT to be changed in any substantial way (i.e. strengthened chassis or more powerful engine) to compensate for the heavier armored bodies. Two pilot models were said to have been built, but no serial production was undertaken.
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  Kirsch Improvised Armored Car (First Pilot Model?) Photo The Australian War Memorial

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Australian Military Equipment Profiles (Volume 3): Australian Scout and Armoured Cars: 1933 - 1945

Michael Cecil

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