This is the rundown of Top 10 Weird Military Cars of World War 1, the list includes combat vehicles, armored cars, and armored trucks. These weird military vehicles were designed and produced before and during the First World War.
Here are 10 of the weirdest military cars from the WW1
10. Ehrhardt E-V/4
The E-V/4 Panzerkraftwagen Ehrhardt was one of the first examples of a type of high and flat-sided armored car design that the Germans used nearly till the beginning of the Second world war for internal policing duties. It weighed nearly nine tons, had a crew of eight or nine, and carried an armament of up to 3 machine-guns. It’s one among the Weird Military Cars of world war 1.
9. Garford-Putilov Armoured Car
Garford-Putilov armored cars were a type of armored fighting vehicle made in Russia during the first world war era. Garford-Putilov armored cars were the Weird Military Cars of world war one. They were engineered on the frames of Garford Motor Truck Co. lorries imported from us. With a total weight of about eleven tons and only a thirty hp engine, the vehicles had a high speed of roughly 10–11 mph [16–18 km/h]. the design was also overloaded and thus had terribly limited off-road capability.
8. Büssing A5P
The Büssing A5P was an armored vehicle made in Germany during world war I. It’s one among the Weird Military Cars of world war 1. Its powerhouse was Büssing’s successful 6-cylinder truck engines. It had a large steel armored body and was crewed by ten men. Six of the crew operated three 7.92 mm machine guns, usually the MG 08 or MG 15nA. Some vehicles even received 2 Becker twenty mm cannons.
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7. Austin Armoured Car
The Austin Armoured car was a British armored car produced during the first world war. The vehicle is best renowned for its employment by the Imperial Russian Army in the 1st world war and by different forces in the Russian civil war. The vehicle, known as Austin 1st series, was based on a passenger car chassis with a rear-axle drive. Wheels were wooden, spoked, with pneumatic tires and a further set of wheels with full rubber tires for use in combat was carried. 2 Maxim machine guns were mounted in separate turrets placed on each side of the hull behind the driver’s cab. The vehicle was protected by armor plates 3.5–4 mm thick screwed to a body frame. It’s one among the Weird Military Cars of world war 1.
6. Lanchester 4×2 Armoured Car
The Lanchester Armoured car was a British armored car derived from the Lanchester Sporting Forty touring car made during the first world war. It was originally designed to support air bases and retrieve downed pilots. The Lanchester Armoured car is one among the Weird Military Cars of world war 1.
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5. Jeffery Armored Car
The Jeffery Armored vehicle was developed by the Thomas B. Jeffery Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1915. Maintenance of the cars was difficult because the ship carrying spares had been torpedoed. They were armed with one Vickers machine gun. Although the four-wheeled drive with independent transmission and a wide range of gears should have been an advantage, the narrow solid tires negated that and running at over 12 mph caused issues with engine bearings. The Jeffery Armored car is one among the Weird Military Cars of world war 1.
4. Charron, Girardot et Voigt, 1902
The Charron, Girardot et Voigt 1902 was a French armored car developed by the company Charron, Girardot et Voigt. It was equipped with a Hotchkiss machine gun, and with 7 mm armor for the gunner. The first fully armored car was designed by the Georgian engineer Mikheil Nakashidze. His design for a machine gun armed vehicle with 4-8mm of armor, combat weight of 3,000 kg, and a road speed of 50 km/hour was accepted by the Russian War Ministry for service with the Russian Army.
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3. Davidson Automobile Battery Armored Car
The Davidson Automobile Battery armored car was a further development of the Davidson-Duryea gun carriage, but with steam power. It was built by Royal Page Davidson and the cadets of the Northwestern Military and Naval Academy in Highland Park, Illinois. Davidson designed this vehicle in 1901. The Automobile Battery armored vehicle front steam boiler is connected to a six-horsepower Duryea Motor Wagon Company three-cylinder steam engine. The front bulletproof shield to protect the driver was detachable. There was a vertical opening in the metal shield surrounding the machine gun. The machine guns on the vehicles could fire 480 shots a minute, rotate 180 degrees, and had a firing range of 2000 yards.
2. Armored Quadricycle, 1898
Armored Quadricycle was the first armed petrol engine powered vehicle ever built. It was not intended for running over plowed fields or charging but designed to provide a cover or support infantry and cavalry wherever good roads were available. It was designed and built by British inventor F. R. Simms in 1898. The Maxim gun took, with its readily accessed 1,000 rounds of ammunition, the place of a second rider. The driver operated the machine gun. He put an iron shield in front of the car for the driver’s protection.
1. Motor War Car, 1899
The Simms Motor War Car was the first armored car ever built, designed by F. R. Simms. The vehicle had Vickers armor 6 mm thick and was powered by a four-cylinder 3.3-litre 16 Horsepower Cannstatt Daimler engine, giving it a maximum speed of around 9 miles per hour (14.5 km/h). The armament, consisting of two Maxim guns, was carried in two turrets.