|Daimler Armoured Car|
Daimler Armoured Car Mk II
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Length||13 feet 1 inch (4 m)|
|Width||8 feet 1 inch (2.46 m)|
|Height||7 feet 5 inches (2.26 m)|
| 2 pounder QF |
52 rounds carried
| 1 x coaxial 7.92 mm Besa machine gun|
2,700 rounds carried
1 x 0.303 (7.7 mm) Bren light machine gun AA
|Engine|| Daimler 27 4.1 litre 6-cylinder petrol|
95 hp (71 kW)
|Transmission||5 speed (both directions) with fluid flywheel|
|Suspension||4x4 wheel, independent coil spring|
|200 miles (320 km)|
|Speed||50 miles per hour (80 km/h)|
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The Daimler Armoured Car was a parallel development to the Daimler Dingo "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 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 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 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.
To improve the gun performance, some Daimlers in the European Theatre had their 2 pounders fitted with the Littlejohn adaptor which worked on the squeezebore principle.
- 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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- ↑ Fletcher Great Tank Scandal p38
- "Armoured Car, Daimler, Mark II (E1963.20)". Tank Museum, Bovington. Retrieved on 27 September 2010. “collection record”
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