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Pierce-Arrow Anti-Aircraft Armored Truck


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1915
Manufactured by: Chassis: Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company; Hull & Assembly: Wolseley Motors, Ltd.
Crew: 5
Armament: Primary: (1) 2 Pounder QF (40mm) "Pom-Pom" Cannon; Secondary: (1) to (4) .303 Vickers-Maxim Machine Guns
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
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To provide the Royal Marines Artillery Anti-Aircraft Brigade with mobile firepower, the Pierce-Arrow Armored Anti-Aircraft Lorry (Truck) was designed and built on the American Pierce-Arrow 5 ton truck chassis.  The Pierce-Arrow chassis was selected because of the great service the lorries had already provided to the Royal Navy as cargo/utility lorries.  48 trucks were built, although it appears that no more than about 16 were ever in action at one time due to the limited availability of weaponry. The truck was so highly regarded, that it was also successfully used as the base for the later Royal Naval Air Service's Pierce-Arrow Armored Trucks. In addition, almost identical armored hulls were later fitted to Peerless Trucks, which were also used in the anti-aircraft role as the Peerless Armored Anti-Aircraft Truck.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
  Pierce-Arrow Armored Anti-Aircraft Truck Photo Imperial War Museum

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Pierce-Arrow Armored Anti-Aircraft Truck Information & Photos Landships II
Pierce-Arrow Armored Anti-Aircraft Truck Information & Photos Tank-Encyclopedia
British 2 Pounder Anti-Aircraft "Pom-Pom" Gun Walkaround Photos via Vladimir Yakubov IPMS/USA Silicon Valley Scale Modelers


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
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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