London Buses Requisitioned In World War One

B-type buses were first introduced on London’s roads in 1910 and were known for their reliability

from the BBC News

“For the best part of a century the vital role played by the B-type London bus in World War One has been overlooked and largely forgotten. But now the model is to be celebrated with a remarkable restoration project in time to mark the centenary of the conflict.

One of only four surviving B-type London buses is being restored in time for a series of events to mark the centenary of World War One….

Models were first requisitioned by the War Department just days after hostilities began in 1914 and by the end of the war, four years later, there were 1,000 London buses on military duty.

They served as troop carriers, ambulances and gun carriages and were deployed in theatres of conflict as far away as Egypt and Greece.

The red London livery was stripped and replaced with grey or khaki as soon as they landed in France, while windows were hurriedly covered up with wooden boards.”

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