The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"...a fascinating history of a vehicle used from 1914 to the 1950s that served in conflicts around the world, and will interest auto history as well as military history buffs."
—James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (August 2012)

"...photos, extended captions, and informative illustrations supplement his neat little Osprey study."
—David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780964027
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: New Vanguard , #189
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,173,343
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Desgin 8

World War I 12

Naval operations

The Machine Gun Corps (Motors)

Gallipoli

'They searched the whole world for war'

The Yeomanry

India

The Interwar Years 23

An interim design

The 1920 Pattern cars

The Royal Air Force

Ireland

India

The 1924 Pattern cars

Four wheels good-six wheels better

World War II 43

The Home Guard

Bibliography 47

Index 48

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    A Great Read on a Fascinating Subject

    Often the subject of more myth than substance, the history of the Rolls-Royce armoured car is given the Osprey treatment.
    From the earliest models, through the familiar WWI and Middle East history, along with service in India is covered in detail. A must for anyone modeling the car, it still stands alone as a fascinating read.
    Highly Recommended for any enthusiast. One of the best Osprey books I've read.

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