The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Apr 20, 2012 - History - 48 pages
The first Rolls-Royce armoured car was a privately owned vehicle fitted with a machine-gun and a limited amount of armour plate, used by the Royal Naval Air Service in Flanders in 1914. By 1915, nearly 100 had been built and turned over to the Army. From then on, as Sir Albert Stern said 'They searched the world for war', operating as far apart as the northwest frontier of India, the Middle East and southern Africa. The cars were fast, quiet and reliable but above all powerful. 'A Rolls in the desert is above rubies,' said Lawrence of Arabia. After World War I, the War Office continued to produce the Rolls-Royce while tinkering with the design. These further cars served all across the Empire, including in Ireland and even later Shanghai, returning for a final brief appearance in the early stages of World War II.This book tells the complete story of the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car, following its design and development as it fought from theatre to theatre during World War I and the turbulent inter-war years.
 

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What is probably the most striking thing about the story of the Rolls-Royce armored car is that for all their seeming ubiquity there were actually not that many of them, perhaps about 200, though that ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
WORLD WAR I
The Yeomanry
The Royal Air Force
Four wheels good six wheels better
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About the author (2012)

David Fletcher was born in 1942. He has written a number of books and articles on military subjects and is currently the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars.

Henry Morshead is a design consultant in the European automotive and aerospace sectors, with clients including Jaguar, Bentley, CitroŽn and Airbus. He is also a technical sponsor of the Bloodhound supersonic car, contributing digital surfacing and design services. A former officer in the Royal Engineers and illustrator for Jane's, he maintains a keen interest in the design and use of military land and air vehicles.

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