Armoured Car AEC Mark II (E1949.320)
The AEC was not universally popular. It was much too tall for furtive reconnaissance missions and quite hard work to drive. On the other hand its gun proved useful in some situations and the power of its big AEC Diesel engine meant that it could help other vehicles out of difficulties if they became bogged down.
In 1943 an improved version appeared with a 6 pounder gun in an enlarged turret, which was known as the Mark II and this was followed by the Mark III, with a 75mm gun. The AEC's armament was thus equal to that of contemporary British tanks. Our exhibit is a Mark II, painted in the markings of 10th Indian Division at the time of the campaign in Italy.
Laminated semi elliptical spring suspension. Air brakes to all wheels plus mechanical operation on the rear wheels.
British Tanks and Fighting Vehicles 1914-1945; B.T. White; SBN 7110 0123 5; Ian Allan London 1970
Summary Text by Mike Garth V1.0
[Serial number previously thought to be F88707]