An armored vehicle near General Rozanov’s residence, 1919.
Few people know this car was manufactured in Vladivostok in 1919. It was also a left-hand drive car.
The idea of using cars for military purposes appeared shortly after the first automobile was manufactured. Thus, inventor Dvinitsky brought forward his plan to equip a car with rapid-fire weapons back in 1897 but he was denied. The first armored car was manufactured in France in 1905. It was powered with a gun and its armor width was 4.5 mm.
Testing an armored vehicle. Russia, 1906.
Another war triggered an arms race. Russia began purchasing armored vehicles from overseas.
Fiat Izhorsky, 1918.
Armored vehicles and trains made both in Russia and abroad were widely used in Russia during the revolution.
An armored vehicle near General Rozanov’s residence and American marines.
There are two points of view on the origin of these armored vehicles. They were either delivered to Russia from the USA or were manufactured at one of the shipyards of Vladivostok.
All three armored vehicles featured the Maxim gun. They also featured solid tires which made it possible for the vehicles to run regardless of the condition of the tires.
Russian armored vehicles must have been built on the chassis by an American company Hurlburt which were often seen in the streets of Vladivostok.
In the photo: unloading Hurlburt vehicles in the port of Vladivostok.
A Hurlburt truck in Vladivostok.
On November 17th, 1919 there was a revolt in Vladivostok and to squash it, armored vehicles were used.