Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Feature - "Crusader" Class Personnel Carriers

The Loyal Ludlow Infantry have fought with distinction in all the most recent engagements of the Civil War in Herefordshire. Traditionally conveyed to battle in repainted "Evian" trucks (a commercial sponsorship arising from the Rev. Duff - Postin's internationally renowned abstinence from alcohol) their courage and tenacity has now been recognised by another international combine - the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan. A number of Packard Town Vans (guarded on their voyage from America by the Chicago Police "Citizens Relations" Demonstration Squad) have now completed their conversion, within the closely guarded confines of the Bishop's Industrial Park and Experimental Proving Grounds, to "Crusader" class Personnel Carriers, as today displayed in the grounds of Ludlow Castle.

The Bishop and Chancellor of Ludlow inspect the very first "Crusader" Personnel Carriers. 
Especially adapted, with their front firing Light Machine Gun (or Anti Tank Rifle), for the new "shoot and scoot" tactics being worked up on the Bishop's Training Grounds, the technical specification of these advanced Personnel Carriers remains shrouded in secrecy. For example, are they armoured or unarmoured? Or fuel injected and turbo-charged? Can they really be - as rumoured - "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive"?

All enquiries have been directed to Staff Captain Maskelyne, who will only confirm that each "Crusader" is designed to hold a full section of Loyal Ludlow infantry, complete with Light Machine Gun (or Anti Tank Rifle).

A Pathe News newsreel crew capture the historic moment in the grounds of Ludlow Castle

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