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Humber Scout Car

A rather nice little vehicle. Very fast, good anti-soldier attack values, and Strike and Fade is always really helpful. You'll need it though, as the defense is so low that it can easily be killed even by infantry.

The original Strike and Fade unit, the Humber's stats are probably a little too good for its historical abilities. Historical accuracy's loss is the commonwealth player's gain, ,as the Humber Scout car is literally an infantry killing machine.

Nine die at close range allows the scout car to have a chance at killing even 5/5 defense infantry, while the 7 die at long range combined with Strike and Fade allow it to take out antitank guns without being killed in return.

The 3 frontal defense is a critical number, as it grants effective immunity from machine-gun attacks. In contrast even the T-26 and Ha-Go light tanks have to worry about being hit by lucky attacks from MG's.

The only bad thing about the Humber are the low anti-vehicle attacks. While many armored cars have a shot at taking out light tanks, the Humber's 2 die are not much of a threat to anything but the weakest of panzers. And even then most attacks won't actually do anything.

Historical Background:

The Humber Scout Car ("Beaverette") is easily confused with the Humber Light Reconnaisance Car ("Ironside".) The two were very different vehicles, however.

Britain's primary armored car was the Daimler Dingo. However after the evacuation of Dunkirk Daimler could not meet all of the British Army's demand for scout cars, and thus Humber (a small British car company) put forward its own version of the Dingo for mass production.

Unlike the Dingo, which featured an open roof, the Humber Scout Car had an unarmored floor. Humber's scout car shared much of its equipment with the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car. The Humber Scout Car was faster than the Daimler Dingo, with a top speed of roughly 100 kph.

Standard armament for the vehicle was a single Bren gun, but a second could be added. It's the two gun version that we have in AAM.The Humber Scout Car was first used in combat in later 1942.While many armored cars operated with infantry divisions in the Reconnaissance Corps, the Humber Scout Car was primarily attached to armored divisions.

The Humber was regarded as less capable than the Daimler by the British, and as a result of this it was frequently given to minor allied nations such as the dispossessed Poles, Czechs and French. When you consider that the Daimler also was available much earlier and produced in higher numbers, the decision to include the Humber early on in AAM instead of Daimler scout car seems strange.

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