Fox Armoured Car

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Fox Armoured Car
GMC Fox Mk1 Armoured Car (1943) owned by James Gosling pic1.JPG
Place of originCanada
Service history
Used byBritish Commonwealth and associated foreign units during the Second World War, Portugal, Netherlands and Indonesia post war.
WarsSecond World War
Portuguese Colonial War
Specifications
Weight8 t
Length4.6 m (15 ft)
Width2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
Height2.4 m (8 ft)
Crew4

Armourup to 15 mm
Main
armament
0.50 in (12.7 mm) Browning MG
Secondary
armament
0.30 in (7.62 mm) Browning MG
EngineGMC 6-cyl petrol
Power/weight?
SuspensionWheel 4x4
Operational
range
250 km
Speed71 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 image
the Fox Armoured Car
WWII photo