Book Review
Rolls Royce Armoured Car
The first armoured cavalry
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]


"The first Rolls-Royce armoured car was a privately owned vehicle fitted with a machine-gun and a limited amount of armour plate, used by the Royal Naval Air Service in Flanders in 1914.

By 1915, nearly 100 had been built and turned over to the Army. From then on, as Sir Albert Stern said ‘They searched the world for war’, operating as far apart as the northwest frontier of India, the Middle East and southern Africa. The cars were fast, quiet and reliable but above all powerful. ‘A Rolls in the desert is above rubies,’ said Lawrence of Arabia.

After World War I, the War Office continued to produce the Rolls-Royce while tinkering with the design. These cars served further all across the Empire, including in Ireland and even later Shanghai, returning for a final brief appearance in the early stages of World War II.

This book tells the story of the Rolls-Royce Armoured Car, following its design and development as it fought from theatre to theatre during World War I and the turbulent inter-war years."

the book

Published, April 17,2012 by Osprey Publishing as New Vanguard # 89
Author David Fletcher, illustrator Henry Moreshead
48 pages
ISBN: 9781849085809.
Pdf e-book 9781849085816
EPUB e-book 9781780964027
7 Watercolour illustration plates
41 period photographs.
Note the Water colour ilustrations as prints are available from the artist.

I found this book an enjoyable read. Facts and dates all seem to line up well with what I have come to know. The photo captions are highly informative.


I. Introduction page 4
II. Design page 8
III.World War I page 12
IV. Interwar years page 23
V. World War II page 43
VI. Bibliography Page 47
VII.Index Page 48

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Highs: Well written and detailed text. Watercolour illustrations and photographs
Lows: Would like more info on the motor variations
Verdict: Good history on the subject. Reasonable cost.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:1
  Mfg. ID: ISBN9781849085809
  Suggested Retail: $17.95
  Related Link: website
  PUBLISHED: Jul 25, 2012
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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