Filling the Void

Craig Moore reports on the Morris light reconnaissance car originally designed to combat concerns of a German invasion of Britain during World War Two

The Morris light reconnaissance car (LRC) 4x4 Mk II on show at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience

June 25, 1940, is the official date for the end of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from France. Evacuations continued after the rescue operation at Dunkirk, from the ports of St Valery, Le Harve, St Nazaire and Nantes. More than 63,000 vehicles, including tanks, armoured cars, lorries, staff cars, and motorcycles, were destroyed or abandoned during the evacuation. The British Army needed to rearm quickly due to the fear of an imminent German invasion of Britain.

Like other British car companies, Morris-Commercial Cars Ltd promptly designed and built a light armoured car to help fill the void. It was called the Morris light reconnaissance car (LRC) 4x4.

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