Operation Compass – Commonwealth Armoured Cars

Here’s Armour Battles statistics for Commonwealth armoured car units in December 1940. These units formed the backbone of reconnaissance forces during Operation Compass, General O’Connor’s five day raid against the Italians in Egypt.

Note: Vehicle Reliability will be explained in a later post.

Armoured Cars

Rolls-Royce Armoured Car

Rolls-Royce_Armoured_Car_Bardia_1940Originally of First World War One vintage, the Rolls-Royce was obsolete by 1940 but saw extensive use in the Western Desert by the 11th Hussars. Although an effective reconnaissance vehicle, the Rolls-Royce is vulnerable to machine gun and anti-tank fire, and is armed only with a Bren gun and a Boys Anti-Tank rifle.

Training: Veteran

Move: Fast 6+1Dx2

Reliability: Poor

Reaction: 4D (3D)

Weapon: Bren Gun

  • Range: 4/8/16
  • FP: 4D AT:

Weapon: Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

  • Range: 1/3/5
  • FP:AT: 4

Notes: Recon. Break-off. Open-topped.

Morris CS9 Armoured Car

Morris-CS9-in-Western-Deser-600x384The Morris Armoured Car is more reliable than the Rolls-Royce, but remains just as under-gunned and under-armoured as it predecessor.

 

 

Training: Veteran

Move: Fast 6+1Dx2

Reliability: Average

Reaction: 4D

Weapon: Bren Gun

  • Range: 4/8/16
  • FP: 4D AT:

Weapon: Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

  • Range: 1/3/5
  • FP:–  AT: 3

Notes: Recon. Break-off.

Marmon-Hetherington Mk II Armoured Car

Marmon_Herrington_MKII(Available February 1941) The Marmon-Hetherington Mk II has a lower profile than the Rolls-Royce and Morris armoured cars and is armed with a Vickers machine gun.

 

 

Training: Veteran

Move: Fast 6+1Dx2

Reliability: Average

Reaction: 5D (4D)

Weapon: Machine Gun

  • Range: 6/12/24
  • FP: 7D AT:

Weapon: Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

  • Range: 1/3/5
  • FP:AT: 4

Notes: Recon. Break-off. Low profile.

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