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"Armored chassis Ford-T of armored detachment of British Admiralty, acting in the Russian Imperial Army in 1916-1917. Only teetotalers were recruited in the squad - who gave an oath not to drink alcohol during their stay in Russia."

Another great photo from The Armour Journal.



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Here's a bigger photo of the outfit.

I was rather sceptical about the Ford belonging to "the Admiralty". It turns out to be a joint effort, RNAS and Russians. Will have to do a bit more digging to establish that it's actually Romania. Don't remember seeing anything about that.

What interests me particularly is the gent wearing the Adrian. I think there are others, in the background. At first I thought they might be Belgians, but he's got Russian shoulder-boards. Can't make out what the badge is, but it looks as if these are some of the Adrians we discussed a while ago - allegedly purchased by Russia but rarely seen.

BTW, I think the photo in the link is a real colour photo, not a hand-painted one.



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However, this is Romania - Russians and Englishmen. Second cal left - Lanchester, also from Englishmen (Russian Lenchaster have Hotchkiss canon, here is Vickers mashine gun).

Colonel Locker-Lampson came to Russia in May in 1916.

June 1916 - Caucasian front, but there was little inserts - terrain inappropriate.

Aussum 1916 - Romanian front. Very active in fighting in November-December, 1916, together with 4th Armoured division (batalion) of RIA (all with 10th Siberian division, 4th Army of RIA).

Adrian helmet, there was enough for Russians, from France. But also produced in Russia. Russian soldiers they do not want.

 

The color photo is NO real - good photoshop (all photos in this site - modern painting)! Second picture - Ford (ex-British) by Red Army, Kiev 1919. All AC's from British division comming 1918 to Red Army.



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Thanks, Ivan. I found this rather excellent site: http://warchron.com/index.htm which says the following: "On 30 November (1916), on the Romanian Front, all three sections of the British RNAS Armored Car Squadron were supporting Russian General Sirelius' 4th Siberian Army Corps in attacks on the German and Bulgarian positions around the Cernavoda bridge and Hirsova, losing at least two cars to enemy fire in fighting that lasted through 14 December. The Russians also lost two armored cars in these actions."

Does that make sense?

The question of the Russian Adrians is fascinating. Do you have any more information. We had a long discussion about them http://landships.activeboard.com/t17762480/the-russian-adrian-a-possible-sighting/



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Yes, that's right. Englishmen lost two Lanchester (stuck in the mud), but at night they could tow Lanchester. Russians lost two later Austin "Skobelev" (captured by Bulgarians - only loot was in service in Bulgaria until 1930) and "Suvorov" (totally shot to pieces).



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