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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Armoured Car 1920 Mk I

This is an illustration depicting an Armored Rolls-Royce 1920 model.

The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) raised the first British armoured car squadron during the First World War. In September 1914 all available Rolls Royce Silver Ghost chassis were requisitioned to form the basis for the new armoured car. The car was designed with a superstructure which consisted of armoured bodywork and a single turret for a Vickers machine gun.

Lawrence of Arabia used a squadron in his operations against the Turkish forces. Writing "A Rolls in the desert is above rubies" in helping win his Revolt in the Desert. This impression would last with him the rest of his life; when asked by a journalist what he thought would be the thing he would most value he said "I should like my own Rolls-Royce car with enough tyres and petrol to last me all my life."

At the outbreak of World War II, 76 vehicles were in service. They were used in operations in the Western Desert, in Iraq, and in Syria. By the end of 1941, they were withdrawn from the frontline service as modern armoured car designs became available. Some Indian Pattern cars saw use in the Indian subcontinent and Burma.

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Comment by Jim Seipel on September 13, 2013 at 10:40am

Way ahead of its time

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