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Humber

Humber Light Recon Car

The Humber Light Reconnaissance Car (nicknamed 'Humberette' and 'Ironsides' in reference to General Edmund Ironsides) was wheeled recon vehicle based on the company's own 1938 Super Snipe passenger sedan. It was originally designed with a 4 x 2 configuration with drive only to the rear wheels, and with light armor which benefitted from some noticeable sloping aside from the open top although an armored roof was provided in later variants. Defensive armament typically consisted for a Bren gun as well as a Boys anti-tank rifle. Performance was mixed, with the main benefit being superb road speed (faster than most other British armored cars) but at the cost of slightly reduced range. This speed made them highly effective for closing in on enemy positions and being able to escape. Humber LRCs first saw action with the Reconnaissance Corps in Tunisia and later went on to serve with British, Canadian, and Czech forces in Italy and Northwest Europe, although by the end of the war were regarded as being largely obsolete. A few were also used as VIP cars, for use by cabinet ministers and the royal family. A similar Canadian-built version was known as the Otter.

The initial production version was the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car Mk. I which was distinguished by its open top and 4 x 2 drive. Production soon switched to the Mk. II which introduced an inclosed roof. The final variant was the Mk. III which incorporated a 4x4 drive, with further modifications in the Mk. IIIA in the form of slightly thicker armor and additional viewing ports. The VIP version was known as the Ironside Special Saloon. A similar Canadian-designed version was developed from the Humber LRC and known as the Otter. It was built by General Motors Canada and based on the Canadian Military Pattern truck.

Humber Light Reconnaissance Car

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DesignHumber LRC Mk III
TypeScout Car
Year1942
Crew3
Dimensions
Length (w/Gun)4.37 m
Width1.88 m
Height2.11 m
Weight
Loaded3,170 kg
SuspensionWheel (4 x 2)
Performance
Speed (Off-Road)121 km/h
Range (Off-Road)180 km
AmphibiousNo
Powerplant
Engine1 x 87-hp
Humber
FuelGasoline
Power/Weight27.44 hp/t
Armament
MainNone
Secondary1 x 15-mm (r)
1 x 7.7-mm (r)
Armor
TypeSteel
Thickness6 - 12 mm
Max Effective6 - 12 mm RHAe
Hull Upper Front12 mm
Hull Lower Front12 mm
Hull Upper Sides8 mm
Hull Lower Sides8 mm
Hull Upper Rear7 mm
Hull Lower Rear7 mm
Hull Top7 mm
Hull Bottom7 mm
Turret Front6 mm
Turret Sides6 mm
Turret Rear6 mm
Turret Top6 mm
Production
Built?
Total2,400

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