Armoured Cars

Lanchester Mk IA on a pre-war exercise (just after a minor ‘prang’).

Lanchester Armoured Car

The Lanchester had a purpose-built six-by-four chassis and came into service with the Army in 1934.  A small number were issued to the Sharpshooters in the late1930’s.

The front part was occupied by the engine and the rest by the fighting compartment. The rear part of the vehicle, behind the armoured body, was used for storage of equipment.

Above the fighting compartment a two-man turret was mounted, with .5 inch (12.7 mm) and .303 inch (7.7 mm) Vickers machine guns in a dual mount.  An additional .303 Vickers was located in front of the fighting compartment.

Lanchesters had good cross-country performance and were considered reliable and easy to maintain, but too big, heavy and slow for reconnaissance missions for which they were originally developed.