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Alvis Saladin Armoured Car

The six-wheeled Saladin was the major British armoured car after WWII. Unusually, for what was meant to be a stealthy reconnaissance vehicle, it carried a relatively heavy 76mm gun along with a co-axial Browning 7.62mm machine-gun, based on experience gained during the war. Based again on experience, this time with minefields, the Saladin, like all the six-wheelers developed by Alvis (Saracen, Stalwart and Salamander), was designed to run on any four wheels if two had been blown off.


The Saladin served in the British Army between 1959 and 1975 and was replaced by the tracked Scorpion. It saw action in the hands of B Sqn, 16/5 Lancers during their defence of Nicosia Airport in 1974 and subsequent armed reconnaissance operations under the banner of the UN. It was exported to 14 other countries.


This particular example, seen in the new Tank Hall at The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, was one of the six original prototypes built by Crossley Motors of Manchester before series production by Alvis. It is painted as a Saladin of the Queen's Own Hussars in Hong Kong in 1969.

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Taken on April 8, 2009