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Humber Mark 1 Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1940
Manufactured by: Chassis/Engine: Rootes Group, Ltd. (primarily Karrier Motors, Ltd.); Hull: Guy Motors, Ltd.
Crew: 3
Armament: Main: 15mm BESA Cannon; Co-Axial: 7.92mm BESA MG; Anti-Aircraft Defense (if fitted): (1) .303 BREN machine gun (on pintle or "Lakeman" mount)
Engine: 6 Cylinder Petrol (90 h.p.)
Miscellaneous Info: Although the Rootes Group (namely Karrier Motors, Ltd.) took on the production of the Humber Mark 1 Armored Car in lieu of the Guy Mark 1a Light Wheeled Tank, Guy Motors continued to construct the armored hulls of the Humber Mark 1 for Rootes.  The Mark 1 mounted the same hull, but mated it to a modified 4-wheel drive Karrier Motors KT 4 Field Artillery Tractor chassis.  The unmodified KT4 tractor was previously supplied to the Government of India.  The Humber also mounted a more powerful 6-cylinder engine than the 4-cylinder engine in use with the Guy Marks 1 & 1A.  Soon afterwards, the Humber Mark 1 was followed by the improved Humber Mark 2 Armored Car. Other closely related vehicles that the Mark 1 preceded are the Humber Mark 3, Humber Mark 4 and Canadian Fox Mark 1 armored cars.

To avoid confusion with the tracked Universal Carriers already in use in the British Army, this vehicle was not named after its primary manufacturer (Karrier), but after another Rootes Group subsidiary company: Humber. 

One other variant of this vehicle was built: the Humber Mark 1 Anti-Aircraft Armored Car.  The Humber AA vehicle was equipped with a special turret designed by Stothert & Pitt, Ltd. that mounted (4) four 7.92mm BESA machine guns.  Also, there is some information available that another version with twin 15mm BESA cannon was built, but that information has not been confirmed.
Data Sheet Available: Humber Mark 1 Armored Car by Dave Haugh

Photos

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  Humber Mark 1 Armored Car Photo (Belgian) Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Humber Mark 1 Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh
Humber Mark 1 Armored Car Photo

Erik Johansen - South Shields, Tyne & Wear UK

Humber Mark 1 Armored Car Photos (The Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
Humber Mark 1 Armored Car Stowage Diagrams
  Covering Production Vehicles 1-100
Covering the Production Vehicles 101-300
Compiled by Dave Haugh

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Humber Armored Car Information and Photos Tanks Encyclopedia
Humber Armored Car Information and Photos World War II Database
Humber Mark 1 Armored Car Information and Photos Imperial War Museum
"British Armored Cars in Europe- 1944-1945" By Peter Brown Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #35)
"British Armored Cars in the Middle East, Late 1942" By Peter Brown Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #33)
"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
Armoured Car Humber Mark 1 Technical Manual (BTM013) CD-ROM Easy 1 Productions
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Captured Armored Cars and Other Vehicles In Wehrmacht Service in World War 2 Werner Regenberg
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Humber Bent Carlsens Forlag Aps
  "Humber at War: Part 2" (October 2011 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Mike Taylor

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Humber Armored Car Mark 1 Model (newer tool) (S2KV014) Sovereign 2000K 1/35 Resin.

Model Photos

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