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ARMOURED AUTOMOBILES.

FITTED "WITS MACHINE GUNS. NEW GERMAN BATTERIES. (Received 8.55 a.m.) -- . BERLIN, March 25. Germany is now building a number of heavily armoured automobiles, capable of running over rough country at a high rate of speed. Each is to be fitted with a machine gun of the latest quickfirintr type. ■* X The cost of the automobiles is £20,000 apiece. The role of the automobile in warfare is at present difficult to prophesy. It has been freely used for transit of troops and baggage, a very successful trial having been carried out from London to Eastings last week. Two years ago Germany had mail-clad motors, driven bj 60 h.p. benzine engines, constructed by the well-known firm of Erhardt at Dusseldorf. In these a small quickfiring gun of 2} m. calibre was mounted on a high pedestal fixed to the bottom of the car, firing over the head of the chauffeur, who sat in the usual place, completely enclosed, as were the sides and top of the car, in a steel belt, loopholed for steering and for the gun.

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ARMOURED AUTOMOBILES. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 73, 26 March 1909

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