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Two points: Cunningham and Marmon-Herrington

June 24 2014 at 12:37 PM
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Nelson  (no login)

Response to James Cunningham, Son & Co.



1. > ...James Cunningham, Son & Company, the renowned coachbuilders from Rochester NY, who built the M1 armored car of which South Africa was to order another 22. But was it not built on a Ford truck chassis? >

Not that I know of. I'm pretty sure that only some of Cunningham's half-track trucks, including that nice stake-body model shown in the photo, were built on Ford chassis, but not the T4/M1 armored car.

2. On June 9, 2014, in the current thread ("Re: More Additional Info..."), I made reference to another forum, viz.

In that forum on July 18, 2013---less than a year ago---R. Mark Davies makes some interesting if mildly controversial points that IMO need investigating. Here's one, followed by my comment in [italics]:

"The Indian 3rd Cavalry Regt ended up being largely used as motorised infantry and most of the Marmon-Herringtons were captured by the Japanese still in storage. [If Mr. Davies is correct on this last point---Jacques, take note!---that's a new one for me, and may shed some light, indirectly, on the number of such South African armored recon cars sent to Singapore.]"

Again, my point is not so much the total of 175 Mark III SARCs intended for Singapore-Malaya, but (a) how many actually reached either Singapore or Port Swettenham, and (b) how many were still in storage somewhere there when the Japanese came calling. What do you think?


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