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Daimler

Daimler Armoured Car

Developed from the highly successful Daimler Dingo Scout Car, the Daimler Armoured Car was one of the widest used British reconnaissance vehicles during the mid-war period. It incorporated the unique mechanical design of the Dingo, including a transmission based around a pre-selector gearbox and fluid flywheel which was a characteristic of Daimler's civilian vehicles as well. The transmission also featured separate driving shafts and universal joints to each wheel. However, the Dingo's four-wheel steering was not incorporated in order to make it easier to handle. Given the extra weight, a more powerful 95-hp engine was fitted. The turret was based on that of the Tetrarch light tank and featured a QF 2-pdr gun which offered some modest anti-tank capability which was augmented further when equipped with the Littlejohn adaptor. Overall, the Daimler was considered a very capable and reliable vehicle, with excellent off-road performance. It was first employed in North Africa and followed the British Army throughout the remainder of the war, in many cases paired with the Dingo. The Daimler went on to serve with nearly a dozen countries, and used in a numerous post-war conflicts well into the 1970s.

Following prototype trials, production vehicles of the Daimler Armored Car Mk. I began entering service in 1941, with combat service beginning the following year. Small changes to its external stowage (including a spare wheel) were added over the course of the production run. THe only other variant was the Mk. II with a more rounded gun mantlet, improved cooling, and an escape hatch above the driver. Close support versions armed 75-mm guns were tested but did not see combat.

Preceded by:

Humber Armoured Car (1940)

Succeeded by:

AEC Armoured Car (1942)

Datafile

DesignDaimler AC Mk I
NameDaimler AC
TypeArmored Car
Year1941
Crew3
Dimensions
Length (w/Gun)3.96 m (4.03 m)
Width2.44 m
Height2.34 m
Weight
Loaded8 kg
SuspensionIndependent
Performance
Speed (Off-Road)81 km/h
Range (Off-Road)330 km
AmphibiousNo
Fording1.22 m
Gradient60%
Powerplant
Engine1 x 95-hp
Daimler
FuelGasoline
Power/Weight12,467.19 hp/t
Armament
Main1 x 40-mm L/50
QF 2-pounder Mk IX/X
Rifled Gun (52)
↑ 25° / ↓ -15° / ↔ 360°

Secondary1 x 7.92-mm (c)
1 x 7.7-mm (s)
Armor
TypeSteel
Thickness7 - 16 mm
Max Effective14 - 16 mm RHAe
Hull Upper Front14 mm
Hull Lower Front14 mm
Hull Upper Sides10 mm
Hull Lower Sides10 mm
Hull Upper Rear16 mm
Hull Lower Rear16 mm
Hull Top8 mm
Hull Bottom7 mm
Turret Mantlet16 mm
Turret Front16 mm
Turret Sides14 mm
Turret Top8 mm
Production
Built?
Total2,694