Savage Landor was not only an explorer, writer, poet but his multi tasks, diversified, highly vivid mentality brought him to also develop war machines like a gas pumping unit, an armoured car in various versions, a device for destroying barbed wire entanglements ..etc…
He approached such inventions with a truly engineering mind seeking solutions which will be war effective to attack the enemy, protect the crew and guarantee easy quick deployment on a battle field. Therefore, these inventions were not hobby like ideas but very well thought & studied devices in their logic, effectiveness, material usage and even needed production efforts.
It is certainly remarkable and ahead of his times the design and project by Landor for an armoured car with machine guns solutions, all around steering capacity, light material, rifle bullet proof, much more armoured and protective adjustments than existing devices, better manoeuvrability, safer for crew and even better ventilation.
Landor approached few times the Military Organizations of the British government to propose the use of his armoured car inventions (duly Registered by him with a patent in most principal countries in February 1915) but had found always very little interest, skepticism and no understanding of the innovations, sharp advantages offered.
He sadly noticed with frustation that this attitude was common not only to the British Army but also to all the other European or existing Armies mentality at the time … France, Italy, Romania (which ordered forty armoured cars but then canceled when Romania was invaded by the enemy).
Indeed Landor noted that there was not consideration even the necessary intelligence in the Military to appreciate war inventions using the power of science .. the military everywhere were in age when fights & war were still seen as to be done with cavalry, guns, rifles and bayonets … so will not hear of any other methods of fighting or simply had no intelligence to understand them.
Surely Landor’s ideas, innovations and inventions were a step ahead by years and we can read in his autobiography how brilliant he was also treating in depth these subjects.