AN ARMOURED AUTOMOBILE.
Our cables informed us last week that the German war authorities were placing extensive orders for war automobiles, to be constructed at a cost of £ JO,OOO a-piece. iVVhat role tlie automobile will even tual'y play in the warfare of the future it is, at present, somewhat, difficult to prophesy. So far military motoring is proceeding slowly. The advantages of speedy and powerful motor cars for what may be termed secondary purposes in
war were at once recognised, and vehicles have come into general use in the way of transporting officers superintending and dirpcting operations from one place to another. Heavy cars for the transport of various stores ar» also in process of adoption, but for actual fighiing only a few experimental cars i.nve as yet been built, and these very weakly provided in both offensive ami defensive equipment. The latest and mo.-t formidable type is that recently constructed by the well-known firm of Kiirhardt at L)u*seldorf. from whom, hv the way, the British Government purchased several field batteries about toe
■ time of the Boer War. The new mailrlarl motor is driven by a four-cylinder engine of 50 to 60 horse-power, the motive power supplied by benzine, and ' the ignition being electric. The car is : covered with nickel-steel plating over an ; inch in thickness, and is equipped with j a small quick firing field gun of 2Ain! calibre. As will be seen by the sketch,! j this little cannon is mounted on a very! high pedestal rixed to the bottom of j the car, and fires over the head of the! chauffeur, who sits in the usual place J and steers the car through a couple of i loopholes provided for the purpose. See j also artielp on this page.
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