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Marmon Herrington Mk III (Early)

In Detail

In addition to our WWI tank collection represented by the Renault FT and Renault TSF, the primarily reconnaissance based German WWII fighting vehicle Collection, the Weald Foundation set out a plan to build a collection of AFVs designed and produced during the Second World War in parts of the British Empire, namely Australia, South Africa and India - the Empire Collection. 

In the summer of 2018, two South African Reconnaissance Car Mk IIIs “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 for the Empire Collection perfectly.

The South African Reconnaissance Car (SARC) ‘Marmon Herrington’ Mk III was the most numerous of these armoured vehicles produced. Commonly referred to as the ‘Marmon-Herrington’ Mk III these vehicles saw action in East Africa and later North Africa.

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

Ongoing research and missing part accumulation is currently being carried out, while we complete our Sd.Kfz.222, Sd.Kfz.223 and Sd.Kfz.261 German armoured car 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 initiated 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. The only readily available source of information, is a number of hazy black and white images from the Second World War.

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