Armoured Car Mk. I

AH-Aviation-Art

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The painting is a combination of water colors, and ink on paper.

In 1914, despite its early endeavors, armored car development in Great Britain was near to nil. The first Royce ACs were conceived almost by accident. In August 1914, the Eastchurch Squadron of the RNAS (Royal Naval Air Service) was based in Ostend under the command of Wing Commander Charles Rumney Samson. On the road to England, they were ordered to stay in Dunkirk and help spotting the enemy incursions. Two of the cars were equipped with a 7.62 mm Maxim machine gun, to supplement the lack of aircraft. After a few sorties, they were armored with boiler plates, and later used in coordination with other airplanes that spotted the enemy. So successful were their actions that, by decision of the War Office in October, all other Royce Silver Ghost chassis were converted as armored cars. A committee headed by the Admiralty Air Department rationalized the conversion and set up the new tactical units, giving birth to the Armored Car 1914 Pattern. These vehicles also acquired fame during the Middle- Eastern campaign. Modernization will follow after WWI, with the 1920, 1921 Indian and 1924 patterns, which survived long enough to see service during WWII in Africa. A total of 120 were produced.

The painting shows a R- R Armoured Car Mk. I, assigned to the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), operating in Dunkirk 1915.

© Copyright A. Hermann – AH Aviation Art, 2018.

NB – Due to RBs policy, the vehicle’s make and model were excluded from the title.
Unfortunately, the IP (intellectual property) policy and copyright criteria in general are far off limits. Instead of using cheap ‘cold war era’ censor algorithms, RB should spent the money on a real, skilled and savvy staff.

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