Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Armoured car




I often take the Kinchlets for long walks. One of our regular haunts is Collins barracks which is Ireland’s military history museum.  It is closed on Mondays, something which I had forgotten, but the walk did us good and I had the chance to photograph this AML-90. 





The AML 90 is a French built armoured car with a 90mm low pressure gun.  It has seen extensive service with the French Foreign Legion and with the South African Army.  The  South African version was called the Eland-90.  The vehicle proved very successful in African conditions with the 4x4 providing excellent mobility on plains and the 90mm gun capable of tackling second line armour, albeit at close ranges. 

The light weight (6 tons) of the vehicle meant that it was highly portable and the FFL deployed then directly from aircraft to support parachutists. 


Irish AMLs were used almost exclusively on UN service and were acquired in the 1960s.  They served in Lebanon and saw combat in the confrontation at At-Tiri in the early 1980s. 


The AMLs were retired 2013, which is presumably how Collins Barracks got theirs. 



In other news - I fear we may have been infiltrated by Bonapartists. 

8 comments:

  1. The hat suits ! he/she will grow into it !

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    1. She’s grown rather too fond of it!

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  2. The Spirit of Revolution is eternally young! The armored car was pretty cool too!

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    1. I reckon she’ll be done in by a coalition of Teddy Bears.

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  3. Goodness, the reports are true - Bonaparte is a little chap!

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