Another armored vehicle created on the “Matador” chassis was a 6-pound antitank gun Deacon, specially designed for action in the African desert. The transporter was the AEC O853 equipped with a one-place armored cabin, which had an armored rotating cutting in central part with a 6-pound (57-mm) gun, operated by 3 people. In 1942, 175 of these trucks were built. It received nickname “The Yellow Devil” and were successfully fought against the Italian and German tanks, acting from ambushes or masquerading as a normal vehicle. After the fighting in Africa, some trucks were sold to Turkey, and other part of them was remade to ammunition transporter by removing of armor.
AEC Matador (model 853/O853)