The legendary South African made Marmon-Herrington armoured car

Great image of a South African made Marmon-Herrington armoured car in World War 2, as the crew stops to take a compass bearing during a patrol. These South African armoured car units were successfully used in North Africa for reconnaissance duties and as part of mobile columns despatched to harrass the enemy.  Some captured Marmon-Herringtons even landed up been used by The German DAK (Afrika Korps).

The use of captured goods was not uncommon – have a look at the side of this armoured car and you will see a “Jerry Can” for water which is a piece of German kit adopted by the Allied soldiers who found it infinity better in design than their own cans (which were prone to splitting).  Hence the word “Jerry” (derogatory term used by Allies for Germans) for the name of the can, a name which survives to this day for this style of container.

Image Copyright Imperial War Museum Collection

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