Armour didn’t feature hugely in the Portuguese Colonial War. The Portuguese used armoured cars a lot for convoy escort duty. So I’ve got enough armoured vehicles for a single convoy.
Portuguese reconnaissance units undertook convoy escort duties. A reconnaissance troop within a reconnaissance squadron had 2 armoured cars, a scout car, and seven small 4×4 vehicles such as Jeeps or the Unimog (Abbott & Rodrigues, 1998; also see my Portuguese Order of Battle).
Reconnaissance Troop 1963-74
- 1 x CO Section: 1 x Scout Car; 1 x Small 4×4 vehicle
- 1 x Jeep Section: 4 x Small 4×4 vehicle
- 1 x Armoured Car Section: 2 x Armoured Car
- 1 x Mechanised Section: 1 x APC
- 1 x Mortar Section: 2 x Small 4×4 vehicle
For the armoured element of this formation I’ve got two Panhard AML-60s, a Ferret 2, and a US Commando.
In the mid-1960s the Portuguese acquired a batch of Panhard AML-60 Armoured Car for their reconnaissance squadrons. The only manufacturer I know of in 15mm are Peter Pig.
Certain makes and models of armoured cars and APCs were used in combination. From 1967 units combined the Panhard AML-60 Armoured Car with the Chaimite APC (Carlos Marighela on the Lead Adventure Forum: 28mm African Wars Portuguese).The Portuguese Chaimite APC was a license built variant of the US Commando. I didn’t have the courage to do the conversion so I just used a standard US Commando model. I got mine from QRF.
The French used Ferret scout cars in conjunction with Panhard AML-60 armoured cars so I assume the Portuguese used them in the same way. Another model I got from QRF.
The models were:
- Peter Pig 17-35 Panhard MG/Mortar turret
- QRF PBC03 Ferret Mk 2/3
- QRF PAC03 Commando APC