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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Belgian Lanchester Armoured Cars. Group of Armoured Cars (Groupe d'Autos-mitrailleuses) of the 1st Cavalry Division. Belgium, 1916.



Lanchester Armoured Cars of the Belgian Army during the Great War.

The 12 cars to No. 15 Squadron of the Royal Naval Armoured Car Division (RNACD) were ceded by the British to Belgian Army.

The 15th Squadron crossed the Channel, aimed at the French front in May 1915.

In June he was sent to Belgium, where he performed alongside the Belgian Armoured Car units.

The Lanchester, delivered in 1916, joined the Group of Armoured Cars (Groupe d'Autos-Mitrailleuses) of the 1st Cavalry Division (1ère Division de Cavalerie), along with the Belgian Armoured Car "Minerva".

Apparently, then there was another delivery of Lanchester (10 to 15 units).

Most were multicolor camouflage schemes (ocher clear, grass green and dark red ocher).

These colors were separated by black or dark brown lines.

They used to wear a small badge with the colors of the Belgian flag on both sides on the box combat and the height of the driver's head.

Were provided for all vehicles with a long rear fender style of Minerva. Also carried a small anchor (of boat), used to pluck barbed wire when the occasion allowed.

These, along with camouflage and national cockade, are features that serve to distinguish the Belgian of the British vehicles.


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Coches Blindados Lanchester del Ejército Belga durante la Gran Guerra.

Los12 vehículos del Escuadrón Nº 15 de la “Royal Naval Armoured Car Division” (RNACD) fueron cedidos por los Británicos al Ejército Belga.

El 15º Escuadrón cruzó el Canal, destinado al frente francés en mayo de 1915.

En junio fue destinado a Bélgica, donde actuó junto a las unidades de Coches Blindados Belgas.

Los Lanchester, entregados en 1916, se integraron en el Grupo de Auto-Ametralladoras de la 1ª División de Caballería, junto a los Coches Blindados Belgas "Minerva".

Al parecer, posteriormente se realizó otra entrega de Lanchester (entre 10 y 15 unidades).

La mayor parte se camuflaron con esquema tipo multicolor (ocres claros, verde hierba y ocre-rojo oscuros).

Estos colores estaban separados por líneas negras o marrón oscuras.

Solían llevar una pequeña escarapela con los colores de la bandera belga a ambos lados de la caja de combate y a la altura de la cabeza del conductor.

Se dotó a todos los vehículos de largos guardabarros posterior al estilo de los Minervas. También portaban una pequeña ancla (de barca), utilizada para arrancar alambradas cuando la ocasión lo permitía.

Estos, junto al camuflaje y las escarapelas nacionales, son las características que sirven para distinguir los vehículos belgas de los británicos.

1 comment:

  1. These Lanchester were NOT part of the RNAS. They came from a North Ireland unit . Gemsco

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