The Daimler Scout Car, known in service as Dingo, was a British light fast 4WD reconnaissance vehicle also used in the liaison role during the Second World War. The vehicle was officially designated Daimler Scout Car, but became widely known as Dingo, which was the name of the competing Alvis prototype.
Arguably one of the finest AFV built in Britain during the war, the Dingo was a small two-man armoured car. It was well protected for its size with 30 mm of armour at the front. The engine was located at the rear of the vehicle. One of the ingenious features of Dingo was the transmission; a pre-selector gearbox and fluid flywheel that gave five-speeds in both directions. Original version had four-wheel steering; however this feature was dropped in Mk II because inexperienced drivers found the vehicle hard to control.
Boy! Same 5 speeds in reverse and forward! Nice for getting your a** out of trouble, but I can imagine that beast would be weird to drive.Although the Dingo featured a flat plate beneath the chassis to slide across uneven ground, it was extremely vulnerable to mines. No spare wheel was carried, nor really necessary because of the use of Run Flat (hollow) rubber tyres instead of pneumatic. Despite the hard tyres, the independent suspension gave it a very comfortable ride. A swivelling seat next to the driver allowed the other crew member to attend to the No. 19 radio or Bren gun when required.
Those day it took one full time operator to run the radio.
The Dingo was first used by the British Expeditionary Force (1st Armoured Division and 4thNorthumberland Fusilers) during the Battle of France. It turned out to be so successful that no replacement was sought until 1952 with the production of the Daimler Ferret.
Somehow I find it fascinating that a company that is now German manufactured vehicles for Germany in WWII.
Help me out here folks. Do you remember the TV series about British troups in North Africa fighting Rommel's tanks using vehicles like this? Weren't they the rat pack?