Daimler Armoured Car
The Daimler Armoured Car was a British
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 armoured car of the Second World War.


The Daimler Armoured Car was a parallel development to the Daimler Dingo
Daimler Dingo
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 "Scout car", a small armoured vehicle for scouting and liaison roles. It was another Birmingham Small Arms design. A larger version designed upon the same layout as the Dingo fitted with the turret similar to that of the Mark VII Light Tank
Tetrarch tank
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 and a more powerful engine. Like the scout car, it incorporated some of the most advanced design concepts of the time and is considered one of the best British AFVs of the Second World War. The 95 hp engine was at the rear linked through a fluid flywheel to a preselector gearbox
Preselector gearbox
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 and then by propshafts to each wheel. Four wheel steering similar to early models of the Scout car was considered but not implemented following experience with the Dingo.

The prototypes had been produced in 1939, but problems with the transmission caused by the weight of the vehicle delayed service entry until mid-1941. 2,694 armoured cars were built by Daimler.

The Daimler had full independent suspension and four wheel drive. Epicyclic gearing
Epicyclic gearing
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 in the wheel hubs enabled a very low ratio in bottom gear - it was credited with managing 1:2 inclines. The rugged nature combined with reliability made it ideal for reconnaissance and escort work.

Combat history

The Daimler saw action in North Africa with the 11th Hussars
11th Hussars
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 and the Derbyshire Yeomanry
Derbyshire Yeomanry
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. It was also used in Europe
European Theatre of World War II
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 and a few vehicles in the South-East Asia theatre
South-East Asian theatre of World War II
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To improve the gun performance, some Daimlers in the European Theatre had their 2 pounders fitted with the Littlejohn adaptor
Littlejohn adaptor
The Littlejohn adaptor was a device that could be added to the British QF 2 pounder anti-tank gun. It was used to extend the service life of the 2-pounder during the Second World War by converting it to squeeze bore operation...

 which worked on the squeezebore principle.

Daimlers were used by the territorial units of the British Army until 1960s, outlasting their planned replacement, the Coventry Armoured Car
Coventry armoured car
The Coventry armoured car was a British four wheel drive armoured fighting vehicle developed at the end of World War II as a potential replacement for the lighter Humber and Daimler armoured cars.-Development:...



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  • Mark I.
  • Mark I CS - close support version with 76 mm gun.
  • Mark II - improved turret, modified gun mount, better radiator, driver escape hatch.
  • A turretless regimental command version, known as SOD ("Sawn-Off Daimler").

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