Built on the chassis of the popular Silver Ghost, the Rolls-Royce armoured car has been present on the battlefield since the First World War. They took to the desert in 1917, in support of Lawrence of Arabia and continued on Imperial duties between the wars.
Later versions saw service during the Second World War and with the Irish Army as late as the 1950s. The Haynes Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Manual has been written by The Tank Museum's renowned historian, David Fletcher MBE, with full access to the Museum's Rolls Royce Armoured Car.
A superbly written and copiously illustrated and researched look at an iconic vehicle from two world wars and a war for independence, this book is a must for historians of military vehicles of that era. There are now more Tiger 1 tanks in existence than these venerable warhorses, and the very finest of them all, Sliebh na Mhan, resides at the Curragh Cavalry Barracks in Co Kildare, RoI. I'm biased, of course, my father was one of its drivers in the Free State Army, and back in 2001 when I sat in the seat, it was a very emotive thing for me. Modellers of this vehicle, using the excellent Meng kit in 1/35th scale, will have a field day with this book, which leaves little scope for getting all the details correct.
I've recommended it to my friends back over in the Republic and told them that they'd be daft not to buy it.
T A de C Foley
Major Retd. [British Army]
As a 3d Graphic artist this was a great addition to my research on this AFV. Though lacking in some areas of technical description particularly dimension and scale, however this was a very helpful and has enabled me to recreate a detailed external model.
At £6.99 this really was a bargain. Some interior views would have been interesting as would some colour plates of paint schemes but this is an excellent book. Thanks for your part in producing it.
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Very pleased with an excellent book covering a fascinating vehicle and period of history. The photo of Rommel beside one in the Desert was a real surprise - he must have been bemused. I share the views of model makers wanting more detail photos of interior and exterior (although there are quite a few) . Model makers of any of the Museum's vehicles would benefit from an online 'saturation service' where maybe a ruler is held up against features for photos. This kind of detail coverage is probably beyond the scope of general books on a subject.
I think David Fletcher has said the Rolls Royce Armoured Car at the Tank Museum is his favourite exhibit and it really shows in this book. A great combination of the history of the vehicle combined with nice detail shots of the museum car. There are also lots of fantastic photos of the car in various places, including the Middle East and Ireland, plus the usual wry commentary from Mr Fletcher. Highly recommended for the casual reader and anyone modelling an RR armoured car (Meng, Roden etc).