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The Garford-Putilov was a Russian heavy armored car used during World War I. Built on frames of Garford Motor Truck Co. lorries imported from the United States, they were largely considered to be rugged and reliable by their users. Despite this, their total weight of about 11 tons and 30 hp engine only allowed the vehicle to reach a maximum speed of 10 mph. The vehicle was also top-heavy which gave it very limited off-road capability. They were outfitted with a single 76.2mm cannon in a turret with 270 degrees of traverse at the rear of the vehicle, and two or three 7.62 mm machine guns. Two of these machines guns were in casemate like mounts towards the front of the vehicle, but the guns could not provide full frontal cover at short range.
Besides the countries that emerged from the ruins of the old Russian Empire, Garford-Putilov armoured cars were also deployed by German forces. The Germans captured several of the vehicles, and put them to some use towards the end of World War I, and post-Armistice in the "Freikorps".. Beside World War I, Garford-Putilov trucks were used in Russian Civil War, German Civil War and Polish-Bolshevik war.
— In-game description
The Putilov-Garford Armored Assault Truck is featured in the Battlefield 1: In The Name Of The Tsar expansion. It features three Vehicle Packages: Armored Assault Package, Armored Anti-Tank Package, and Armored Reconnaissance Package. They are unlocked for all owners of the DLC expansion, and can be used in any of the base maps that permit heavy armor. On two of the Russian maps, the Putilov-Garford and the Artillery Truck are the only vehicles available.
Like the Artillery Truck, the driver must switch to a secondary seat in order to use the vehicle's main weapon, a rear-turreted 76mm Cannon. Unlike the Artillery Truck, the driver can still drive the truck while aiming, but must compensate for the turret's reduced traversal. Also, the driver must hold to switch back to the front-facing cab view, since both weapons are on the rear turret position. Though drivers cannot fire primary or secondary weapons while controlling from the driver's seat, they can still use gadgets (again, some of which are tossed through a hatch).
The two gunners operate side-facing light machine guns. All positions are also capable of throwing various types of hand grenades or other small gadgets as secondary weapons through hatches, depending on the Vehicle Pattern.
The Putilov-Garford's headlights are always on. They can obscure the vehicle's position, but also indicate to enemies that they are outside the range of its weapons.
- The Putilov-Garford is fitted with snow chains on its tires.
- At present, customized sensitivity controls are ignored—all positions use hard-coded sensitivity values.
- Empty cannon shells can be seen ejected from the gunner's top hatch.
- The word "ЧУДОВИЩЕ" (chudovishche – monster) is scrawled on the rear of the vehicle.