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Great Britain's Daimler 'Dingo' Scout Car

Design

The British Army was starting to form its first armored division in the 1930s and needed a scout car for reconnaissance and liason.1,2,4

In 1938 the Mechanization Board had Alvis Limited, BSA Cycles Limited, and Morris Commercial Cars Limited submit prototypes for a turretless scouting vehicle.2 Out of three designs submitted the one from BSA's was selected.1,2 BSA was later taken over by Daimler car company.1,3

Early models had 4 wheel steering and for the inexperienced drivers it was difficult to drive.3 Had front wheel drive, sliding roof over the crew, and a potbelly cab.1 The engine was placed in the rear and the driver was positioned at an angle to help him drive in both directions.1

It had a 5-speed pre-selector gearbox which provided drive to all wheels.1 The gearbox had a fluid flywheel and a single-speed transfer box with diffential.1

Crew

The crew of the Daimler Dingo sat side by side in the crew compartment.2,3

Armament

The main armament for the Daimler Dingo was a Bren machine gun, but often crews modified the armament in the field.3

Production

  • Daimler: 6,6263
    • Production: 1939 - 19453,4
    • Manufacturer: BSA Cycles Ltd.2, Daimler2
  • Scout Car, Mk I: 1722,3
    • Manufacturer: Daimler2

Variants

  • Daimler Mk I: Had sliding roof. Only armor in front.3 Four wheel steering.3
  • Daimler Mk IA: Had folding roof, improved suspension, more powerful engine, radio installed, and more stowage.1,2,3 Armor all around.3 Four wheel steering.2,3
  • Daimler Mk IB: Cooling fan was reversed.1 The radiator grille was reversed.1 Some had radios or Vickers K-gun machine gun.1 A few only had front wheel steering.1
  • Daimler Mk II: Had only front wheel steering.1,2,3 A few had radios and mine rollers.1
  • Daimler Mk III: Waterproofed engine and the roof removed.1,3

Usage

The Daimler Dingo was used throughout World War II.2,3

Multipurpose Vehicle

Artillery units used them for observation posts.2 Royal Engineers used them for finding mine fields and bridging.2 Many staff officers used them for liaison.2

After World War II

Some Daimler Scout Cars were used into the 1950s.2

Specifications

  Daimler Dingo Scout Car
(additional data provided by Marco van Bockel)
Crew Commander, driver
21,4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6,600 lb4
3 tons1
3,000 kg4, 3,048 kg1
Length 10' 5"1,4
3.175 m1, 3.226 m4
Height 4' 11"1
1.498 m1
Width 5' 7.5"4, 5' 8"1
1.714 m1, 1.715 m4
Ground clearance 8"
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 7.7 mm (.303 cal) Bren MG1,2
1: 0.303" Bren MG4
Secondary 2: Smokegrenade launchers
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 14.5 - 304
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Daimler4
Cylinders 64
Net HP 554
Transmission (type) 5-speed preselector gearbox
Fuel (type) Gasoline4
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 55-60 mph, 55 mph1,4
88.5 kph1,4
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 miles1,4
322 km1,4
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 2'4, 3' 7"
0.6 m4
Trench crossing 4'4
1.22 m4
Vertical obstacle 1' 9"4,
0.533 m4
55%
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Daimler Dingo Scout Car Mk I
Crew 22
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3 tons2
Length 10' 5"2
3.226 m2
Height 4' 11"2
1.5 m2
Width 5' 7.5"2
1.715 m2
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Daimler2
Cylinders 62
Net HP 552
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 55 mph2
88.5 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 miles2
322 km2
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Daimler Dingo Scout Car Mk III
Crew 23
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7,056 lb
3.2 tons3
3,215.2 kg3
Length 10' 5"3
3.23 m3
Height 4' 11"3
1.5 m3
Width 5' 8"3
1.72 m3
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: Bren 0.303" light MG3
1: Bren 7.7 mm light MG3
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 303
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Superstructure Front  
Superstructure Sides  
Superstructure Rear  
Superstructure Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Daimler3
Cylinders 63
Net HP 553
Transmission (type)  
Fuel (type) Gasoline3
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 55 mph3
88.5 kph3
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 miles3
322 km3
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
  4. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
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