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Great Britain's Humber Light Recon Cars

Design

Saw service with reconnaissance regiments and the RAF Regiment.

Production

  • Humber: 4,300
  • Humber Mk I: 1,000
  • Humber Mk II: 1,050

Variants

  • Humber Mk II: Shield for armament.
  • Humber Mk III: Small turret for the armament.

Specifications

  Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars
Crew 2 plus 1 passenger
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7,595 lb
6.85 tons,
6,960 kg
Length 12' 7", 15',
4.57 m
Height 6' 11.5", 7' 10"
2.38 m
Width 6' 2.5", 7' 2"
2.18 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 15 mm Besa MG
Secondary 7.92 mm Besa MG
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 30
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Rootes
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 60 mph, 45 mph
72 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 miles, 250 miles
400 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars Mk I
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
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  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars Mk II
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
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  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars Mk III
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
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  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Humber Light Reconnaissance Cars Mk IV
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight  
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Armament  
Main 37 mm
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  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
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
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site