- Guy Armoured Car
name=Guy Armoured Car
caption=Guy Mk I
suspension=4 x 4 wheel
Vickers machine gun
secondary_armament=.303 inch Vickers machine gun
armour=up to 15 mm
engine=Meadows 4ELA 4-cyl petrol engine
engine_power=55 hp (41 kW)
Production history and description
Guy Motorsbuilt five "Guy Quad" armoured car prototypes based on the "Quad-Ant" artillery tractor chassis. The vehicle successfully completed field trials and in 1939-1940 101 Guy Armoured Cars (initially designated Guy Wheeled Light Tank) were produced.
The vehicle had a welded hull (making it the first British armoured car with an all-welded construction) with a sloped glacis plate. Above the center of the hull was mounted a
turretwith two Vickers or Besa machine guns. The engine was located at the rear. The vehicle carried a No. 19 radio.
The body of the Guy vehicle formed the basis of the later
Humber Armoured Car, which employed a new chassis.
Six cars were sent to
Francewith the British Expeditionary Force(BEF). Four were used by the mobile guard of the British Royal Family(a troop from 12th Lancers) and two by cabinet ministers. The rest served with different British, Belgian, Danish and Dutch units stationed in Britain. By 1943 they were replaced by more modern vehicles.
* Mk I - original version. 50 units built.
* Mk IA - was armed with Besa 15 mm and 7.92 mm machine guns instead of the Vickers. 51 units built.
*George Forty - "World War Two Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Self-Propelled Artillery", Osprey Publishing 1996, ISBN 1-85532-582-9.
*I. Moschanskiy - "Armored vehicles of the Great Britain 1939-1945 part 2", Modelist-Konstruktor, Bronekollektsiya 1999-02 (И. Мощанский - "Бронетанковая техника Великобритании 1939-1945 часть 2", Моделист-Конструктор, Бронеколлекция 1999-02).
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