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On this website, I will try and give you a little information about the first motorized armored cars of the 20th Century, and their first use in defense of a nation. They were the "Hummers" of their day, and the Belgian army made good use of them in the first days of World War I and during the 'Siege of Antherp".
These little armored cars were used to defend Belgium against the invasion of over-powering numbers of men, and large guns, of the Imperial German Army. While the British used them to save downed pilots on the battlefields of Europe, and to patrol and fight in the deserts of Africa and Arabia. Later, these special little vehicles, with their brave crews would be sent to Russia to help defend that nation.
The Belgian Morse and the British Lanchester, were sent to Russia after the fall of Belgium, and the stabilization of the Western Front, while the Rolls-Royce went to Africa and Arabia, and were considered an important arm in the Arabic army led by the famous Lawrence of Arabia.
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Little in size and few in number, they stood up to the massive on-slaught of the Imperial German army, and slowed the inevitable from happening. I think you will find all of these vehicles, very interesting.
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Minerva is known as the Roman goddess of wisdom. It is said she sprang from the head of her father, Jupiter, fully grown and in full armor. Fierce and warlike, she was the patron of warriors, the defender of the home and the state, and the embodiment of wisdom and reason.
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