Tim Gosling investigates an all-but-forgotten armoured car used by the RNAS during the first years of World War One

The well armed and armoured machine weighed ten tons and was prone to get stuck if it left a road

Despite the perception that fighting in World War One mainly comprised of static trench warfare, this was certainly not the case at the beginning of the war in Belgium. The armoured cars of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) undertook a crucial role in undertaking reconnaissance, recovering downed pilots and harassing the German invaders.

Among the vehicles involved in this campaign was the Seabrook Standard armoured truck. The basis for this armoured vehicle was a five-ton general service truck supplied by the Londonbased company Seabrook Brothers, a machine purchased in limited numbers during the first two years of the war.

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