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Daimler Dingo of the 53rd, Highland Division, WW2
 Daimler Dingo of the 53rd, Highland Division, WW2. Airbrush illustration by Les Still
Daimler Dingo of the 53rd, Highland Division, WW2. Airbrush illustration by Les Still
Daimler Dingo

Daimler Dingo
Crew:- 2
Armament:- One .303in Bren Machine   Gun
Dimensions:- Length 10'5"   (3.175m), Width 5'8" (1.714m), height 4'11" (1.498m),   combat weight 6,720lbs (3,048kgs)
Engine:- Six cylinder petrol   engine developing 60bhp.
Performance:- Maximum road speed   55mph (88.5km/h), range 200 miles (322km).
History:- Entered service with the   British army in 1940 and phased out of front line   service in 1950s, when it was replaced by the Ferret.   Used post war by many armies. In mid-70s Dingo was still   used by Cyprus and Portugal.
Development:- In the late 1930s   the Alvis company of Coventry built the prototype of a   4x4 scout car called the Dingo to meet a Mechanisation   Board specification. This had a crew of two and was   armed with a standard .303in Bren light machine gun. In   1937 the BSA   company also designed a scout car with a crew of two.   This was also armed with a Bren but was slightly heavier   than the Alvis. Comparative trials between these   vehicles were carried out in 1938 and the BSA vehicle   was accepted for service with some ,modifications. In   fact there was not a great deal to choose between these   vehicles as far as performance was concerned. By this   time Daimler had taken over BSA and the car entered   production in 1939 as the Car, Scout, Daimler Mark I,   but it was commonly known as the Dingo. Production of   all marks amounted to 6,626. The Mark I was followed by   the Mark Ia which had a folding rather then a sliding   roof. The Mark Ib had the fan draught reversed. All Mark   I vehicles had steering on all four wheels, but this   feature was dropped from the Mark II onwards. The Mark   II had different radiator grills, whilst the Mark III   had no overhead armour at all. ( In service most of the   earlier models had their overhead armour removed) For   operations in the desert two sand channels were normally   carried on the front of the hull. Communications   equipment consisted of Numbers 11 and 19 sets. Daimler   could not meet the production needs of the British Army,   so from 1942 the Humber company also built scout cars   producing about 4,300 vehicles by the end of the war.   The Daimler Dingo was also manufactured in Canada. The   chassis was supplied by the Canadian Ford Motor Company,   while the hulls were supplied by the International   Harvester Company. The Canadians built two models, the   Scout car Marks III and IV (Lynx I) and the Scout Car   Mark II (Lynx II). These were heavier than the British   vehicles, but fitted with more powerful engines. Total   production in Canada amounted to 3,255 vehicles of all   types.
Tanks and Fighting Vehicles, C. Foss,   Salamander Books.
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