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]
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]
The Russian Revolution was by no means a simple thing. The February 1917 revolution was followed months later by the far better known November Revolution that put the communists into power. But overthrowing the central government does not give one central control. The communists would spend the next six years struggling to conquer the Russian Empire, quelling both internal civil war and subjugating... [click here for more]
In the beginning, Japan had to buy foreign tanks to build an armor force because the nation did not have the industrial capacity or technical skill to manufacture its own. There was a single British Mk. IV, a handful of Whippets, a smatering of Carden Loyd tankettes, and a trio of Medium Cs. But the Imperial Japanese Army realized that the only way to gain the expertise to make their own armored vehicles... [click here for more]
First is rarely best. While the Sumida Wolseley Sokosha was the first armored vehicle produced by Japan, it was quickly recognized there was a need for significant improvement in the vehicle's mobility. Between 1930 and 1932, many projects were undertaken in the effort to make those improvements, until the first tracked vehicles began rolling out of the factories. As the Type 92 tankettes and Type... [click here for more]
The Type 94 Te-Ke Tokushu Keninsha was one of the first mass produced armored vehicles manufactured by Japan. It was preceded by the Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha tankette, the Type 89 I-Go medium tank, and a number of armored cars. Originally designed to function as an armored tractor to transport ammunition and supplies across the active battlefield, the Type 94 Tokushu Keninsha ("Special Tractor") found life... [click here for more]