The Rolls-Royce Armoured Car, David Fletcher, illustrated by Henry
Morshead, Osprey New Vanguard no 189, 48 pages, published 2012.
If you ever wanted to travel in style wearing an uniform, then a
Rolls-Royce would certainly have been the thing to drive. The armoured car saw
its debut in 1914, it was used during the inter-war years and even saw action
in the desert war of WWII.
The chapters of this book, totally dedicated to this luxury car, are:
- Introduction: Who had the idea to put armour on his Rolls, why
were Rolls-Royce chassis used, and a bit on how the early cars evolved.
- World War I: Naval Operations, The Machine Gun Corps, Gallipoli,
Africa/Middle East, The Yeomanry and India.
- The Interwar Years: The different patterns (marks), RAF-use, Ireland
- World War II: Home Guard and other uses
As usual in an Osprey there are colour plates, five one-page plates
depicting two different cars each (great if you want to get a feel for the different
colour schemes and differences in the patterns), one two-page spread with a
cut-away view of a 1920 pattern car with numbered details (interesting) and a
one page in-action drawing (not impressed, the figures really don’t look human,
perspective is hard… a apge-filler that could have been used far better)
This is an Osprey as they are supposed to be: a good primer for a specific
vehicle in this case. Recommended, I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 if you have any
interest in British armoured cars.