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Humber Mark 4 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: 3
Armament: Main: 37mm Cannon; Co-Axial: 7.92mm BESA Machine Gun; Anti-Aircraft Defense (if fitted): (1) or (2) .303 Vickers "K" Machine Guns (on P.L.M. mount).
Engine: 6 Cylinder (90 h.p.)
Miscellaneous Info: The Mark 4 armored car was the last in the line of the ubiquitous Humber British armored car series.  It succeeded the Guy Mark 1/1a Light Wheeled Tank, Humber Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3 and Canadian Fox Mark 1 Armored Cars. The Humber Mark 4 used the same engine, modified 4-wheel drive Karrier Motors KT 4 Field Artillery Tractor chassis and hull of the earlier Mark 2 & 3 vehicles, as well as the larger turret mounted on the Mark 3.  However, the Mark 4 was up-armed with the US produced M6 37mm Cannon instead of the previously mounted 15mm BESA gun.  Due to the larger weapon being fitted, the crew size again dropped back down to three despite the larger Mark 3 turret being used.

One other variant of this vehicle was built: the Humber Mark 4 Observation Post (OP).  The Mark 4 OP variant was equipped with extra radio equipment to be used by Artillery Officers to keep in contact with Field Artillery units. 
Data Sheet Available: None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car "Vandal" Photos (Owned by Burrill, Gill & Katz) Jim Burrill - Pennsylvania
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Photos (2005 War & Peace Show - Beltring, UK) David Green - Oxfordshire, UK
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Photos Compiled by Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Photos (War & Peace Show - Beltring, UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Photo (Royal Army Museum - Belgium) William Testaert - Brussels, Belgium
      Israeli Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Photos Robert Goldman - Kfar Saba, Israel

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
"(British) Vehicle Cencus In Germany - 1945" By Peter Brown
"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)
"Free Greek Armored Vehicles in the Mid-East Circa 1943"  By T. Metsovitis Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #24)

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
Humber Mk IV/CMP Fox: In Detail (R063) (Wings and Wheels Publications -WWP)  
  "Pocket-Sized Scout" (March 2017 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) [Covers a build of the 1/48 Tamiya Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Model Kit] Toni Canfora

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Model Kit Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car "Special Edition" Model Kit (CB35018SP) Bronco Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Limited Prodution edition with Clear Hull and interior.
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Model Kit (CB35081) Bronco Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.  Also includes the Interior.
Humber Armored Car Mark 4 Model (newer tool) (S2KV017) Sovereign 2000K 1/35 Resin.
Humber Mark 4 Armored Car Model Kit (32587) Tamiya 1/48 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Humber Mark 4 Accessory Set (T48065) Black Dog 1/48 Resin; For the Tamiya Kit.
Humber Mark 4 Update Set (HLX48376) Hauler 1/48 Photo-etched Brass; For the Tamiya Kit.
Humber Mk 4 Armored Car (Firestone) Wheels (RE35-263) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin
Humber Mk 4 Armored Car (Dunlop) Wheels (RE35-264) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider