Daimler Dingo Scout Car

Bob preparing the Daimler Dingo Armoured Fighting Vehicle

The Daimler Dingo Scout Car was a 1939 second world war manufactured small two-man armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) that was relatively low and wide enough to have the required stability for fast off-road rides. Its initial armour plating was thirty millimetres on the front, nose and glacis but only twelve millimetres on the sides. It was revolutionary at the time using the idea of slope armour to deflect bullet strikes. Deflecting armoured sloped panels were welded all around the central framework of the Dingo Scout Car whose front driving compartment boasted four openings hatches. The power horse engine was the regular Daimler six-cylinder two point five litres, fifty-five horsepower (41 kW), fed by a 300 litre (79.25 gal) gasoline reserve (two tanks), which gave an incredibly long range for its small size. The transmission consisted of a pre-selector gearbox, fluid flywheel with five gears forward and five gears reverse, allowing steering with all four wheels. This feature gave the Dingo a very tight turning radius, only seven meters or about twenty-three feet. However her downside was that the system was tricky to master for inexperienced drivers.

The Daimler Dingo Scout Car used at the Jungle Fort in Batang Berjuntai Kuala Selangor had bespoke twin .303 Bren gun mounting fitted topside. This extra topside light machine guns cover provided the necessary firepower required to supress road side ambushes.  I was called out on many occasions to give my Jungle squads the support they needed when they made a contact with the enemy. This AFV has got me out of a tight spot on several occasions and I personally took charge of top cover during the many outside the wire contacts that was made by my Jungle Squads. The jungle laterite roads were regularly targeted by the communist bandits making travel by motorbike, car, bus or truck extremely dangerous especially during the hours of darkness.