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Marmon Herrington MK III Armoured Cars Malaya - Singapore 1941 - 1942

January 24 2018 at 4:53 AM
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Response to Lanchester 6x4 armoured car and Vickers LMG(?) in Malaya

I believe you will find the following information accurate.

There are two photographs I am aware of showing the long line of brand new Marmon Herrington MK III Armoured Cars on Singapore. They are IWM FE 481 and IWM FE 482. Both show a single line of some of the brand new 175 Marmon Herrington MK III that reached Malaya Command during WWII. These vehicles appear not to have fitted yet with their standard armament of a .303 inch Vickers MMG and a Boys Anti-Tank rifle. Also, they appear to me to be painted an overall dark green.

There are two other photographs I am aware of showing Malaya Command Marmon Herrington MK III Armoured Cars in Malaya - Singapore. One, the turned on its side armoured car in the striking camouflage pattern, as part of the road block at Bakri on 18 January 1942. This is The 4th Australian Anti-Tank Regiment road block, and as well as still photographs of the road block there is movie film. The other photo shows an Australian Marmon Herrington MK III Armoured Car, without armament, on the move on a road on either Mainland Malaya or Singapore.

Of interest, the War Diary of The 2/29th Battalion states that the battalion left Yong Peng with 4 armoured cars for Bakri.

As for The 100th Independent Light Tank Squadron of The British - Indian Army it was equipped with 23 Light Tanks MK IV A and MK VI B Indian pattern and arrived safely on Singapore Island in two convoys BM-10 and BM-11. On the morning of 29 January 1942, there were 23 MK IV A and MK VI B Indian pattern Light Tanks safely on Singapore Island. The 100th Independent Light Tank Squadron would fight on the lower slopes of the Swiss Hill and the cemetery near the village of Bukit Brown.

None of the Light Tanks would travel on the fast transport H.M.T. Empire Star, which was a member of Convoy BM-11 into Singapore. Empire Star on this journey carried 14 tracked carriers of The 4th Battalion of The Royal Norfolk Regiment, 25pdrs with 5 R.A. Sergeants as company, and a real lot of ammunition. On arrival in Singapore on the morning of 29 January 1942, the remaining 4 transports of convoy BM-11 went direct to the wharves of Keppel Harbour in the darkness to unload their cargo, which mostly comprised members of The 18th British Infantry Division. H.M.T. Empire Star due to the large amount of ammunition on board was moored in the dangerous goods area.

The Argylls were the last of the Malaya Command ground troops to cross the Causeway from mainland Malaya to Singapore Island, with their last remaining Lanchester Armoured Car on Sunday 31 January 1942.

The front on photograph of one of their Lanchester Armoured Cars in MOON OVER MALAYA, photographed by Lt. Palmer in October 1941, that shows the figure 8 on a yellow disc on the starboard front mudguard is the bridge loading sign.

The only ship to be wrecked on any of the incoming convoys into Singapore was H.M.T. Empress of Asia, and this carried the motor transport of The 18th Division Reconnaissance Battalion. The ship did not sink but was beached. Apparently the burnt out transport could be seen on the deck of the ship from the shore of Singapore Island.

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  • Re: Marmon Herrington MkIII armoured cars, Malaya-Singapore - Nelson on Jan 25, 2018, 7:59 PM
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