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Monday, July 30, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A captured Bolshevik Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat Armored Car in Livonia. Ca. April 1918.

A Bolshevik train captured by the Germans somewhere on Livonia*. Circa April 1918.

The train was carrying an Armored Car Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat**, probably for their own protection. About the Armored Car damaged, a Soviet soldier lies dead.

* Livonia belonged to the Russian Empire until the end of the First World War, was then divided among the states, newly independent, Latvia and Estonia. Between 1918 and 1920, Soviet and German armies fought against Latvian and Estonian troops for control of Livonia, but their attempts, at last, gave no significant results. The historical land of Livonia as such, was divided between Latvia and Estonia.

** I reclassified the armored car as an Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat and not as an Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot, since I've got a new photo, higher quality, which are perceived in the radiator the first two letters of the word (acronym) FIAT

Previously, erroneously, had classified this model as an Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot. One of the few existing ways to identify these two types of models with different chassis, is the observation of the visible portion of said chassis: wheels and shock absorbers.

The wheels with wire spokes belonged to the "Jarrot" chassis model. The wheels with wooden spokes corresponded to the FIAT chassis. Obviously, the picture illustrating this post, you can not use this system of identification, as the wheels and their corresponding types of radios, will be hidden in the wall of the wagon on which was mounted the armored car.


Un tren bolchevique capturado por los alemanes en algún lugar de Livonia*. Circa abril de 1918.

El tren transportaba un Coche Blindado Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat**, probablemente para su propia protección. Sobre el coche blindado dañado, yace muerto un soldado soviético.

*Livonia perteneció al Imperio ruso hasta el final de la Primera Guerra Mundial, cuando fue dividida entre los estados, nuevamente independientes, de Letonia y Estonia. Entre 1918 y 1920, los ejércitos soviéticos y alemanes lucharon contra las tropas letonas y estonias por el control de Livonia, pero sus tentativas, al fin, no dieron importantes resultados. La tierra histórica de Livonia como tal, fue repartida entre Letonia y Estonia.

**He reclasificado el coche blindado como un Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat y no como un Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot, ya que he conseguidos una nueva fotografía, de mayor calidad, en la que se perciben en el radiador las dos primeras letras de la palabra (siglas) FIAT. 

Anteriormente, de forma errónea, había clasificado este modelo como un Armstrong-Whitworth-Jarrot.
Una de las pocas maneras existente para identificar estos dos tipos de modelos con diferentes chasis, es la observación de la parte visible de los mencionados chasis: ruedas y amortiguadores.

Las ruedas con radios de alambre pertenecían al modelo con chasis "Jarrot". Las ruedas con radios de madera correspondían al chasis FIAT. Evidentemente, en la fotografía que ilustra este post, no se puede utilizar este sistema de identificación, ya que las ruedas y sus correspondientes tipos de  radios, quedan ocultos por la pared del vagón sobre el que fue montado el coche blindado.

An 'ABO'- Armored Automobile Detachment of the Red Army (RKKA). Circa 1920.

 Soviet Armored Automobile Detachment (ABO) of the Red Army (RKKA). Circa 1920.

Formed by four Armored Cars painted of camouflage:

1 x Austin 2nd Series Armored Car (left).

1 x Armstrong-Whitworth-Fiat Armored Car (center).

1 x Lanchester Armored Car (right).

1 x Austin 3rd Series Armored Car (on the right end).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A column of Italian Fiat-Terni Armored Cars, crosses an Oasis in Cyrenaica, Libya, March 1923.

Fiat Armoured Car ‘Indian Pattern’. North-West Frontier, c. 1918.

Fiat Armoured Car ‘Indian Pattern’. North-West Frontier, c. 1918.

This model of Fiat Armoured Car was designed in Britain, where it also sent the steel plates necessary to mount the shield in India in 1916. In these models, later, were removed the side armour that existed between the wheels to protect the underside of vehicles and also they were retired the rear fenders.


The Armored Car formations in India were called, since the spring of 1915, as Armoured Motor Units (AMU). Later, in 1917, renamed as Armoured Motor Batteries (AMB), although the units continued to maintain the same number of Armoured Cars assigned to them at first (1915). In this blog I have always used the name Armoured Motor Batteries (AMB), in order to avoid confusion.


Coche Blindado Fiat 'Modelo de India'. Frontera del Noroeste, circa 1918.

Este modelo de Coche Blindado Fiat fue diseñado en Gran Bretaña, desde donde también se enviaron las planchas de acero necesarias para montar el blindaje en India durante 1916. A estos modelos, posteriormente, se les retiró el blindaje lateral que existía entre las ruedas para proteger los bajos de los vehículos, y también les fueron retirados los guardabarros traseros.


Las formaciones de Coches Blindados en la India se denominaron, desde la primavera de 1915, como Armoured Motor Units (AMU). Posteriormente, en 1917, pasaron a denominarse Armoured Motor Batteries (AMB), aunque las unidades siguieron manteniendo el mismo número de coches blindados que se les asignó desde un principio (1915). En este Blog utilizaré siempre la denominación Armoured Motor Batteries (AMB), con la finalidad de evitar confusiones.

Canadian Case Armoured Car 1914.

Canadian Armoured Car Case, 1914.
Only a hypothesis.

Probably two of these Canadian Armored Cars were sent to Russia and participated in the early fighting on the front of Prussia. This hypothesis could be confirmed by some news from the Canadian press, which indicates exports to Russia (?) Armored cars, without specifying the model or make of them. In the listings of vehicles used by the Russians in 1914, there are two "Case", without the writers of this country can give any reference to the characteristics of the aforementioned Armored Car.


Coche Blindado Canadiense Case, 1914.
Sólo una hipótesis.

Probablemente dos de estos Coches Blindados canadienses fueron enviados a Rusia y participaron en los primeros combates en el frente de Prusia. Esta hipótesis podría estar confirmada por algunas noticias de la prensa canadiense, donde se indica la exportación a Rusia de (?) coches blindados, sin especificar el modelo o marca de los mismos. En los listados de vehículos utilizados por los rusos en 1914, aparecen dos "Case", sin que los escritores de este país puedan dar ningún tipo de referencia sobre las características de los mencionados Coches Blindados.

Three ex-Belgian Lanchester and a Austin Mk. IV Armoured Cars, exposed in a square of Birmingham (probably after the war), during the Victory Loan Campaing.

Comparative German Anti-Aircraft Gun Carriers - Ehrhardt E-V/4 with Rheinmetall 7.7-cm L/27 M1913 & Daimler with Krupp 7.7-cm L/27 M1914.