Armour in Canadian service: Humber Armoured Car

Humber Armoured Car

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203835)

Dutch civilians lining road along which passed Canadian Army Humber Armoured Cars during Liberation, 7 May 1945.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4233455)

Humber Armoured Car, Canadian markings, Winschoten, Holland, ca 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3191680)

Canadian manned Humber Armoured Car at the liberation of Utrecht, Netherlands, 7 May 1945.

The Humber Armoured Car was one of the most widely produced British armoured cars of the Second World War Canadian infantry divisions.

The Humber Mk. IV was used by Armoured Car Regiments and Reconnaissance Regiments for short and long distance recce, also for specials missions, such as raids, securing tactical features, getting information, etc., and for protective duties, either headquarters or convoys.

The Humber's armament included a 37mm gun, 7.92mm MG, .303 Bren Gun, .45 sub MG, two 4-in smoke mortars. Other Equipment included the No. 19 Wireless Transmitter set, periscopes, telescope, interphone. It carried tools, spare gun parts, POW containers, camouflage net, rations, spare wheel. Its armour thickness on the turret front 14mm, hull front 14mm, sides 10mm. (Engine and radiator rear mounted).

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3227235)

Lt. Fred Beckley of the 8th Reconnaissance Company passes through the city aboard a Humber Mk. III armoured car, 17 August 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3378681)

Soldiers of the 7th Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment, 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars in their Humber Mk. IV armoured car in Normandy, France, 18-20 July 1944. 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The unit is identified by the number 1102/1 above the number 41 on the front fender.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3206554)

The driver of a Humber I scout car receiving orders, Falaise, France, 17 August 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3514121)

Soldiers in a Humber Mk. I scout car of the Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment, England, 20 April 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3227188)

Major David V. Currie, V.C., of the South Alberta Regiment in a Humber I scout car, Halte, Netherlands, 12 November 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3405642)

Personnel of the 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars with the unit's Humber IIIA armoured cars, Vaucelles, France, 18 July 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3206446)

Lieutenant George Cooper, Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, talking with Captain R.T. Miller, his brother-in-law, who is aboard a Humber Mk. III light reconnaissance car, Caen, France, 11 July 1944. The Mk. III was used by Royal Canadian Engineers field squadrons and companies, as well as Royal Canadian Army Service Corps bridging companies for short special reconnaissance missions, as well as RCASC Motor Transport companies and transport platoons for anti-aircraft protection (convoy patrol).

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3226795)

Trooper H. Borshy and Sgt. E. Waters keeping guard from what may be a Humber Reconnaissance Car, 11 July 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203475)

A Halftrack and a Humber light reconnaissance car of The Westminster Regiment pass the saluting base during Gen. H.D.G. Crerar's review at Eelde airport, Netherlands, 23 May 1945.