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January 25 2018 at 11:56 PM
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Response to Re: Marmon Herrington MkIII armoured cars, Malaya-Singapore


It occurs belatedly to me that some readers have no notion of the photo of the Marmon Herrington Mark III armored car—or as Jacques will be quick to point out, more correctly termed the South African Reconnaissance Car or SARC—overturned on the Muar-Bakri Road, so here it be.

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In this image, note the following:

1. From left to right—or near to far—on the road appear the capsized British armored car, the remnants of the two trucks putatively belonging to 45th Indian Brigade, and the still-burning Type 95 Ha-Go light tank. Unseen, behind the first enemy light tank is a second, also alight. See the photo attached to my previous email to view the two trucks and both tanks.

2. On the overturned armored car, the left-side perforated metal unditching strip, or sand recovery ramp, extending between the rear and front wheels, has been displaced when the vehicle flipped over. Such location clearly identifies this armored car as the Mark III, because on the Mark II, the unditching apparatus was stowed over each rear wheel well.

Paraphrasing the Bandit (Burt Reynolds) in Smokey and the Bandit, come back, Jacques.


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