Six-Wheeled Firepower

David Garden looks at the history of the Saladin Armoured Car

Armoured cars were used by all the combatant nations during World War Two. However, some countries such as the US and Russia saw no future for this type of vehicle, while others like the French, Germans and British valued their reliability, ease of maintenance and use for reconnaissance.

It was the Germans who introduced the heavy armoured car-type, a reconnaissance vehicle with a heavier armament that could fight while scouting enemy positions and forces. These included the eight-wheeled Sd.Kfz. 233 and Sd.Kfz. 234/3 armed with a short-barrelled 7. 5cm KwK 37 L/24 gun; the Sd.Kfz. 234/2 with a turret-mounted 5cm KwK 39/1 L60 gun; and the Sd.Kfz. 234/4 armed with the deadly 7. 5cm Pak 40 L/46 anti-tank gun. The British fielded the AEC Mark III armed with a quick-firing (QF) 75mm gun in a turret-like the Cromwell tank.

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