Daimler Armoured Car
Daimler Armoured Car Mark 2.jpg
Daimler Armoured Car Mk II
Type Armoured car
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Manufacturer Daimler
Number built 2,694
Weight 7.6 t
Length 13 feet 1 inch (4 m)
Width 8 feet 1 inch (2.46 m)
Height 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 m)
Crew 3

Armour 7-16 mm
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)
Power/weight 12.5 hp/tonne
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)

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

History[edit | edit source]

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.[1] 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.

Combat history[edit | edit source]

The Daimler saw action in North Africa with the 11th Hussars and the Derbyshire Yeomanry. It was also used in Europe and a few vehicles in the South-East Asia theatre.

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.

Daimlers were used by the territorial units of the British Army until 1960s, outlasting their planned replacement, the Coventry Armoured Car.

Conflicts[edit | edit source]

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • 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").

Operators[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. Fletcher Great Tank Scandal p38

External links[edit | edit source]

British armoured fighting vehicle production during World War II
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