1st Light Car Patrol (Australia)

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1st Light Car Patrol
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Badge of the 1st Light Car Patrol
Active 1916 - ?
Country Australia
Branch Australian Army
Type Armoured Car
Role Patrol
Colors Blue and White
Engagements Sinai and Palestine Campaign

1st Light Car Patrol was formed in Melbourne during 1916 and was at first named the 1st Armoured Car Section but was also known as the 1st Armoured Car Battery. Equipped with three armoured cars built at the Vulcan Engineering Works in South Melbourne, a 50 hp (37 kW) Daimler, a 60 hp (45 kW) Mercedes and a 50 hp (37 kW) Minerva. All were armoured and the Daimler and Mercedes were armed with Colt machine guns. The unit fought against the Senussi in the Sudan and Western Desert. The 1st Armoured Car Section became the 1st Light Car Patrol on 3 December . As their original 3 vehicles became worn out from hard use in the Western Desert and were irreparable due to shortages of spare parts, the unit was reequipped with six Ford light cars. Extra drivers and motorcycles were provided. The cars were given names: Anzac, Billzac, Osatal, Silent Sue, Imshi and Bung. These were traded in for six new Fords on 11 December 1917. In May 1917 the unit was redeployed to Palestine by rail, and served throughout the campaign there.