Not all armored vehicles are in the hands of the military. Some ends up in the hands of police and civilian entities, for good or bad.
In this booklet, we examine the very first financial services armored car, the Bellamore Armored Motor Bank Car. Built in 1910, it was the first armored vehicle built to deal with the transportation of large amounts of currency. It was also unusual for the fact that... [click here for more]
Ever wonder what the first modern armored military vehicle was? Was it the tank, which first appeared in 1916? Or maybe the armored car, which first appeared in 1902? Not at all. It was an armored road train, a tractor and several trailers, all armored, which were sent to South Africa to protect supply columns in the Second Boer War. The armored road train first appeared in 1899, three years before... [click here for more]
For decades, the US Army's MPs have gotten the short end of the stick. Given the mission of protecting the rear areas of any military ground operation, they have long been forced to rely on deploying unarmored HMMWVs with only one of the Heavy Squad's weapons mounted on the roof. After land mines destroyed a few Hummers in Kosovo, they got some shiny new M1114 uparmored HMMWVs, but only a few. They... [click here for more]
While the Germans are the most famous users of armed motorcycles, thanks to their MG34 armed BMW cycle/sidecar combinations, they were by no means the first to come up with the concept. The first to use machinegun-toting motorcycles were the British, who employed them as part of the Motor Machine Gun Corps and its successor units from 1915 to 1918.
They mounted the water-cooled Vickers medium machinegun... [click here for more]
What the Hell is an Indian Pattern Carrier? I Never Saw That in Any History Book.
It is no surprise that you haven't seen it in any history books. The Indian Pattern Carriers are simply a horribly unappreciated vehicle of the war. I've been through all the same books you have and quite a few more and until now, the Indian Pattern Carrier seems to have been mentioned in only a half dozen or... [click here for more]