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Canadian-American Autocar

December 15 2005 at 11:20 AM
Karen Rychlewski  (Login krychski)
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About 20 of these served with the 1st Canadian Armoured Machine Gun Brigade from 1914 to 1918. Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Brutinel organized the Brigade and, with the help of wealthy Canadians, provided these vehicles. They were built by the Autocar Company of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, with armour supplied by Bethlehem Steel Corp, on a light truck chassis powered by a two-cylinder engine, with an armoured cab and folding panels on the open truck bed mounting two Colt machine guns on the center line. Vickers MGs replaced the Colts in England and the vehicles served as mobile machine gun posts, with heavy casualties.

Info from "War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War" by David Fletcher.

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