The Garford-Putilov Armoured Car

Today is quiet too, so I made another historical article. It’s quite makeshift this time.

Schemes: Yuri Pasholok’s blog

Garford-Putilov Armoured Cars were produced in Russia during the First World War (starting with 1915). They were built on the frames of Garford Motor Truck Co. lorries imported from the United States.

Although considered to be a rugged and reliable machine by its users, the Garford-Putilov was severely underpowered. With a total weight of about 11 tons, and only a 30 hp engine, the vehicles had a top speed of approximately 10–11 mph (16–18 km/h). The design was also overloaded (top-heavy), and therefore had very limited off-road capabilites.

Besides the countries that emerged from the ruins of the old Russian Empire, Garford-Putilov armoured cars were also deployed by German forces. The Germans captured several of the vehicles, and put them to some use towards the end of World War I, and post-Armistice in the “Freikorps”. The armored cars also saw action in the Russian Civil War.

Armament: 76 mm (3 inch) mountain gun variant and two machineguns.

Number produced: 48 (total)

Ammo: 60 shells

Armor: 6,5 mm.

How it looked like in Latvian service:

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