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S.A. Recce Cars in Malaya

June 8 2014 at 12:51 PM
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The South African Reconnaissance Cars produced during WW2 were commonly known in the British forces (but incorrectly) as Marmon-Herrington Armoured Cars even when as in the Mark IVF, no Marmon-Herrington components were used. At least the Dutch got it sort-of right and the 49 received in the NEI were called "Zuid-Afrikaanse pantserauto's".

They were certainly not "best of breed" but were the best available at the time and some reports speak of as many as 175 Mark IIIs shipped to Malaya during the latter part of 1941. (I seriously doubt this!)

Because of the simple commercial chassis and drivetrain, they proved reliable, easy to maintain and to operate - strange then that the 3rd Indian Cavalry managed to wipe out 13 of their 16 cars in accidents! I count 16 in this photo of Mk IIIs (sans armament) at Singapore, December 1941.

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Here's a photo of a SARC Mk III on its side - apparently at Bakri, 18 Jan 1942. Is that a Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go burning?

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  • Re: S.A. Recce Cars in Malaya - Nelson on Jun 8, 2014, 6:12 PM
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