Humber Pig


Humber Pig

Just after the Second World War, a whole range of one-ton (4x4) vehicles were developed to meet the needs of the British Army. The manufacturer was Rootes, under the Humber name, and the vehicle received the designation FV1600 for the series. The version that concerns us here, the FV1601, was largely developed due to a shortfall in numbers of the superior Saracen (6x6) APC. The chassis of the original vehicle was therefore modified to produce an armoured personnel carrier, one of the main changes to the original design being to roof the vehicle.

About 1700 of this vehicle were built both by G.K.N. Sankey and the Royal Ordnance Factory at Woolwich. The chassis for the vehicles, however, were provided in both instances by Rootes at Maidstone in Kent.

By the late 1960s most of this essentially stopgap vehicle had been withdrawn from service; sold or scrapped. However, with the dramatic escalation of the situation in Northern Ireland post-1969, the ‘Pig’ suddenly became a very desirable commodity for internal security duties, to the extent that the MOD actually had to buy back some of the examples previously sold off. This extra lease of life continued until the 1990s, when the Humber Pigs were replaced by Saxon APCs.

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