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Humber Mark 3 Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1942
Manufactured by: Chassis/Engine: Rootes Group, Ltd. (primarily Karrier Motors, Ltd.); Hull: Guy Motors, Ltd.
Crew: 4
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) OR later, (1) or (2) .303 Vickers "K" Machine Guns (on P.L.M. mount).
Engine: 6 Cylinder Petrol (90 h.p.)
Miscellaneous Info: Soon after the introduction of the Humber Mark 2 Armored Car, the British produced the improved Humber Mark 3 Armored Car.  The Mark 3 still retained the same engine, modified 4-wheel drive Karrier Motors KT 4 Field Artillery Tractor chassis and hull of the Mark 2 and was fitted with the same armament as the Guy Mark 1a Light Wheeled Tank, Humber Mark 1 and 2.  However, it was equipped with a new, larger turret able to accomodate an extra crew member (wireless operator).  The revised turret is characterized by sloping sides from the middle; upward toward the front and downward toward the rear. On the other hand, the Mark 2's turret had straight, parallel sides.  However, the Humber Armored Car series did not end here as the British produced the later, up-gunned Humber Mark 4 Armored Car.

The Humber Mark 3 is often confused with the closely-related Canadian Fox Mark 1 Armored Car, which was produced by General Motors of Canada.  Although very similar, it is not identical as (among other things) different automotive components were used in its construction as well as different armament was carried.

One other variant of this vehicle was built: the Humber Mark 3 Rear Link (RL) Armored Car.  The Mark 3 RL variant was used as a wireless link between Brigade and Divisional Headquarters and equipped with with a non-rotating turret, dummy guns and extra (amplified) radio equipment.
Data Sheet Available: Humber Mark 3 Armored Car Data Sheet by Dave Haugh

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Humber Mark 3 Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Humber Mark 3 Armoured Car Promotional Photo Rootes Group via Dave Haugh
  Humber Mark 3 Armored Car Stowage Diagrams Compiled by Dave Haugh
  Humber Mark 3 R.L (Rear Link) Armored Car Stowage Diagrams 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
"British Armored Cars in the Middle East, Late 1942" By Peter Brown Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #33)
"British Armored Car Production Figures - 1945" By Peter Brown

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
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

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Humber Mark 3 Armored Car Model Kit (K092) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin
Humber Mark 3 Armored Car Model Kit (CB35112) Bronco Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Humber Mark 3 Armored Car Model Kit (31125) Hasegawa 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

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