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Weapons Armored Cars

Discussion in 'Belgium' started by Dan Morton, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Wikipedia: The Minerva Armored Car (French: Automitrailleuse Minerva) was a military armored car expediently developed from Minerva civilian automobiles by Belgium at the start of the First World War. The Minerva's use in combat in August 1914 made Belgium one of the first nations to employ armored cars in the World War I,[6] though Italy had previously been the first to use armored cars in a theatre of conflict, in the 1911–1912 Italo-Turkish War.[7] During the war those that could afford to rode to battle on their own horses, much like this in 1914, Lieutenant Charles Henkart arranged for two of his civilian Minerva Motor Works tourers to be armored at the Cockerill Works in Hoboken.[9] The initial armored cars were adhoc but soon Minerva had created a standard design. American papers were reporting the use of the armored car by September 1914.[10] The crew was partially exposed to gun fire with the open top. This would prove fatal to Lieutenant Henkart when on September 6, 1914 he was killed by gun fire after the armored car he was in was caught in a German ambush.[11][12] Before the Minerva factory was captured during the German invasion and occupation of Belgium about thirty Minerva armored cars were built.

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  2. samson Well-Known Member

    great stuff thanks for taking the time to post all these .
  3. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Rob: I barely scratched the surface of the web sites, forums, whathaveyou that talk about Belgian armored cars ca. 1914-16. Feel free to have a go and add things.

    All the best,
  4. samson Well-Known Member

    ok great subject

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