South African Reconnaissance Car (Marmon Herrington) Mk III (Early)

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In addition to our French and German Collections the Weald Foundation set out to build a collection of AFVs produced during the Second World War in parts of the British Empire, namely Australia, South Africa and India to correct the conventional narrative of the significant contribution these countries, previously within the old British Empire, made towards the Allied victory in WWII over the Axis.

In the summer of 2018, two South African Reconnaissance Car Mk III “Marmon-Herrington” were added to our “Empire Collection”. Given that these armoured cars were designed and assembled in South Africa during the Second World War, they met our collection criteria perfectly.

The South African Reconnaissance Car (SARC) Mk III was the most numerous of these armoured vehicles produced. This armoured car- commonly referred to as the Marmon-Herrington, for reasons covered later, this vehicle saw action in East Africa and later North Africa.

As we had two Marmon Herrington Mk IIIs, our initial thought was we could use one of them as a donor. However this idea soon evaporated, when we realised that our two vehicles represented an early SARC Marmon-Herrington Mk III and a much later variant of the Mk III. This now presented us with an exciting challenge, as we were not aware of any other surviving example of the earlier SARC Marmon-Herrington Mk III.

Ongoing research is currently being carried out, while we complete our Sd.Kfz.222, Sd.Kfz.223 and Sd.Kfz.261 restorations.

One of the key sources of our early research is William Marshall himself and his excellent book 'Marmon Herrington A History of the South African Reconnaissance Car'. We also continue to push forward with our own primary research working through the various archives. One of the issues we face is that the Marmon-Herrington survivors are nearly exclusively Mk IVs. Apart from some examples of Mk IIIs in Southern Africa, there are no MK III (or earlier) combat veterans in the Northern Hemisphere to stir up a fan base. The consequence of this is the SARC Marmon-Herrington is not well known or followed. So the only other source of information, relies on number of hazy black and white images from the Second World War.

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