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Guy Mark 1/1A Light Wheeled Tank

Guy Mark 1


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1938
Manufactured by: Guy Motors, Ltd.
Crew: 3
Armament: Guy Mark 1 = Main: Vickers .5 Heavy Machine Gun; Co-Axial: Vickers .303 MG.
Guy Mark 1A = Main: 15mm BESA Cannon; Co-Axial: 7.92mm BESA Machine Gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder Petrol (53 h.p.)
Miscellaneous Info: The Guy Light Wheeled Tank series was designed on a modified 4-wheel drive Guy Quad-Ant Field Artillery Tractor chassis. The British military vehicle naming convention was later changed to designate these (and similar vehicles) back to "Armored Cars" in the early 1940's.

Soon after the initial production run of the vehicles, the armament was changed to a 15mm BESA Cannon and 7.92mm BESA co-axial machine gun.  Those vehicles were designated Guy Mark 1a Light Wheeled Tanks.  A total of 101 vehicles were produced, with 50 being Mark 1 versions and 51 built as Mark 1A vehicles.

It soon became apparent that Guy Motors could not produce the number of armored cars needed by the British, as they were also building trucks and gun tractors. Production was then switched to the Rootes Group Ltd., who started building the almost identical (to the Guy Mark 1A) Humber Mark 1 Armored Car.  Guy Motors did continue to construct the armored hulls of the Humber Mark 1 armored cars for Rootes.  Other closely related vehicles that the Guy preceded are the Humber Mark 2, Humber Mark 3, Humber Mark 4 and Canadian Fox Mark 1 armored cars.
Data Sheet Available: Guy Mark 1 Light Wheeled Tank Datasheet by David Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Guy Mark 1/1A Light Wheeled Tank Line Drawings George Moore - Plymouth, Devon UK
Guy Prototype, Mark 1 & 1A Light Wheeled Tank Photos David Haugh - Content Editor
  Guy Mark 1 Light Wheeled Tank Photo Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh
Guy Mark 1 Light Wheeled Tank Detail Photos - (the Tank Museum - Bovington) Alan McNeilly - England
Guy Mark 1 Light Wheeled Tank Photos George Moore
Guy Mark 1 Light Wheeled Tank Photos - (the Tank Museum - Bovington) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
  Guy Mark 1A Light Wheeled Tank Photo Imperial War Museum via Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"The First Belgian Armored Car Squadron of WW II (Part 1): Belgian Armored Cars in Great Britain" by Raymond Surlemont Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #16)
"The First Belgian Armored Car Squadron of WW II (Part 2): Belgian Armored Cars in Great Britain"  by Raymond Surlemont Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #17)

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #21 B.T. White
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
"Humber at War: Part 2" (October 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Mike Taylor

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