Fox Armoured Car

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This article is about the World War II Canadian vehicle. For the post-war British vehicle, see Fox Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle. For the German/American NBC reconnaissance vehicle, see M93 Fox.
Fox Armoured Car
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Place of origin Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957.svg Canada
Service history
Used by British Commonwealth and associated foreign units in World War II, Portugal, Netherlands and Indonesia post war.
Wars World War II
Portuguese Colonial War
Specifications
Weight 8 t
Length 4.6 m (15 ft)
Width 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
Height 2.4 m (8 ft)
Crew 4

Armour up to 15 mm
Main
armament
0.50 in (12.7 mm) Browning MG
Secondary
armament
0.30 in (7.62 mm) Browning MG
Engine GMC 6-cyl petrol
Power/weight ?
Suspension Wheel 4x4
Operational
range
250 km
Speed 71 km/h (44 mph)

The Fox Armoured Car was a wheeled armoured fighting vehicle produced by Canada in the Second World War.

History[edit]

Built by General Motors, Canada, based on a construction of the British Humber Armoured Car Mk III, adapted to a Canadian Military Pattern truck (CMP) chassis. The turret was manually traversed and fitted with 0.30 and 0.50 in Browning machine guns. The four man crew consisted of the vehicle commander, the driver, a gunner and a wireless operator. 1,506 vehicles were manufactured.

It saw operations in Italy, UK and India. Among its users was Polish 15th Pułk Ułanów Poznańskich ("Poznań Uhlans Regiment"), fighting in Italy in 1943-1944.[1] After the Second World War many of them went to the Portuguese Army, which used them from 1961 to 1975 in counterinsurgency in Angola, Guinea and Mozambique. The Netherlands, faced with a shortage of Humber armoured cars for use in the Dutch East Indies, acquired 39 Foxes, 34 of which were fitted with Humber Mk. IV turrets. The resulting hybrid vehicle, called "Humfox", was immediately successful and popular[citation needed], and some were passed to the Indonesian Army after independence.

Surviving Vehicles[edit]

Karl Smith Collection in Tooele, Utah

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Magnuski, Janusz (1998), Wozy bojowe Polskich Sił Zbrojnych 1940-1946 (in Polish), Wydawnictwo Lampart, p. 198 }

External links[edit]

External images
the Fox Armoured Car
WWII photo