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The 1st Rolls-Royce armoured automobile was once a privately owned motor vehicle equipped with a machine-gun and a restricted quantity of armour plate at a dockyard in France. It was once utilized by a squadron of the Royal Naval Air carrier in Flanders in 1914. sponsored via First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill extra and higher models till, through 1915 there have been approximately a hundred of them that have been then passed over to the military. "They searched the realm for warfare" as Sir Albert Stern acknowledged of them and prior to lengthy there have been Rolls-Royce armoured autos working as some distance aside as German South West Africa, the Western wasteland, Gallipoli, everywhere in the center East and the north west frontier of India.All of them used the vintage 40/50hp Silver Ghost chassis. They have been speedy, silent and trustworthy yet particularly powerful. "A Rolls within the desolate tract is above rubies" acknowledged Lawrence of Arabia and the Duke of Westminster could have agreed with him following his well-known raid to rescue the abducted group of the steamship HMS Tara. no less than one motor vehicle followed the adventurous MP Oliver Locker-Lampson on his adventures in Russia.After the conflict, not able to discover a greater version the conflict workplace easily copied the unique Admiralty layout with minor advancements. If that was once now not sufficient the Royal Air strength additionally bought a few to aid their operations within the center East. a brand new layout with a bigger physique and dome formed turret additionally seemed for provider in India. in addition they served in eire or even, in brief in Shanghai.The eleventh Hussars nonetheless had Rolls-Royces in Egypt whilst the conflict opposed to Italy all started and the youngest of those used to be over fifteen years previous once they went into motion, yet after that their numbers diminished as more moderen automobiles got here alongside. yet then heritage repeated itself. Britain was once threatened with invasion and a brand new military of veterans used to be raised to help with defence. a few battalions equipped homemade armoured vehicles, on deepest chassis and not less than 3 of those have been in response to Rolls-Royces
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At the end of the war more of these cars followed and, by 1921, had been formed into Armoured Car Companies of the Tank Corps, which slowly grew in number over the next few years. At least one of these, the 7th Armoured Car Company, operated Rolls-Royces of the 1914 turreted Pattern, although they had been modified in a number of ways to suit local conditions. Virtually all F ROLLS-ROYCE 1920 PATTERN MARK I, IRISH CAVALRY CORPS, NEAR BLARNEY, 1941 The Irish Army received 13 Rolls-Royce armoured cars and various other vehicles from the British Government in 1922 following the creation of the Irish Free State.
Com This Rolls-Royce, followed by two Peerless armoured cars, is apparently on airfield defence duties ‘somewhere in Britain’, operated by the Derbyshire Yeomanry. It is being overflown by an early P-51 Mustang fighter. the 11th Hussars although by this time most of their armoured cars were running on Fordson chassis. The Irish Army managed to maintain their Rolls-Royces for the duration of the war, mainly on home defence duties but the supply of spare tyres was almost exhausted and attempts to find replacement wheels failed.
However, in January of 1929 3rd Armoured Car Company handed over 11 of its cars to the newly mechanized 12th Royal Lancers, who they had already been training for their new role. To begin with it was B Squadron 12th Lancers who gave up their horses for armoured cars; the squadron comprised two sections of five cars each, and one extra car for the squadron leader. By September 1930 all three squadrons and headquarters had converted although by that time B Squadron had already seen some action in Palestine.