Morris Light Reconnaissance Car
|Morris Light Reconnaissance Car (LRC)|
|Length||13 ft 4 inch (4.06 m)|
|Width||6 ft 8 inch (2.03 m)|
|Height||6 ft 2 inch (1.88 m)|
|0.55 in Boys anti-tank rifle|
|0.303 in Bren light machine gun|
|Engine||Morris 4-cylinder petrol engine|
72 hp (54 kW)
|Suspension||Mk I: 4 x 2 wheel |
Mk II: 4 x 4 wheel
|240 miles (385 km)|
|Maximum speed||50 mph (80 km/h)|
The vehicle had an unusual internal arrangement, with the three-man crew sitting side by side by side with the driver in the middle, a crewman manning a small multi-sided turret mounting a Bren light machine gun on the right, and another with a Boys .55 inch anti-tank rifle (mounted in brackets in the hatches on the hull roof) and access to radio set on the left. From 1940 to 1944, over 2,200 were built.
- Mk I - original version.
- Mk I OP - observation post version. No turret. Equipped with two rangefinders.
- Mk II - four-by-four chassis.
- Morris Experimental Tank - had two turrets. Never reached production.
- Firefly - an experiment by Morris to use 6 pounder guns from the period before the tanks became available to mount them. A QF 6 pounder anti-tank gun was mounted in the front of the hull. It was rejected.
- Salamander - A narrow two seat version of the Morris LRC with a turret on top. Prototype built but no production.
- Glanville Fighter Car - A one-seat version of the Morris LRC with two fixed machine guns. Prototype built but no production.
- George Forty - World War Two Armoured Fighting Vehicles and Self-Propelled Artillery, Osprey Publishing 1996, ISBN 1-85532-582-9.
- I. Moschanskiy - Armored vehicles of Great Britain 1939-1945 part 2, Modelist-Konstruktor, Bronekollektsiya 1999-02 (И. Мощанский - Бронетанковая техника Великобритании 1939-1945 часть 2, Моделист-Конструктор, Бронеколлекция 1999-02).
- Great Britain's Morris Mk II Reconnaissance Car wwiivehicles.com
- White, B T "Light Reconnaissance Cars" AFV Weapons Profile No. 30 Armoured Cars (Marmon-Herrington, Alvis-Straussler, Light Reconnaissance) Profile Publishing
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