SARC MkVI (2pdr)
The SARC MkVI (2pdr) is a rank II British light tank with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".
The SARC (South African Reconnaissance Car) also known as the Marmon-Herrington is an armoured car developed by South Africa during World War II, now present in the game as an entry vehicle on the South African ground forces sub-tree.
The 2-Pounder variant present in the game features a Quick Firing 2-pounder gun of 40 mm, several light machine guns and a variety of auxiliary abilities as scouting and smoke charges - An excellent vehicle for adept teamplayers. The SARC is not just decently equipped but is also highly mobile on most grounds. This pleasant high mobility is the distinction of both of the SARCs presents in the game and certainly, of most following South African vehicles.
To recap, the balanced mix of firepower and speed brings to tankers of the British ground forces, a very competent early light car.
Survivability and armour
Overall the vehicle is very lightly armoured, although it will not hull break when facing the German 75 mm or American 105 mm HEAT shells which are commonly found around the same rank, it does not have enough side armour to stop anything above a small-calibre machine gun. There are some places on the rear where even a 7.62 mm machine gun will find its way through; the most reliable armour is the frontal armour thanks to the angled plates and the gun mantlet.
For its misfortune, It is also open-topped, and with one of the 4 crew members partially exposed. The SARC will find itself getting strafed out by planes very frequently. However, sometimes the side armour might not cause APHE fuses to go off, successfully saving the vehicle from any damage, although this is inconsistent and in no way reliable. Overall, it's not very well armoured considering its turret is also exposed, and thus comparably worse than the Axis analogue, the Sd.Kfz.234/2 (Puma).
Aside from the unreliability of the armour, the vehicle might hold off some poorly aimed shots to areas as the gun mantlet and the lower powertrain. The 30 mm gun mantlet features < 150 mm in angling on some areas capable of bouncing off shells, while the tall profile might increase survivability in some situations as careless shots are likely to pass under the vehicle without major damage to fighting modules or the crew. On close-quarters battles, self-propelled assault tanks like the low-profile StuG III A or StuH 42 G might hastily aim at this area, causing most likely the immobilization of the SARC yet with intact crew members.
But being tall is also an unfavourable trait for survivability since on plain maps like the Carpathians, the SARC or the commander atop will be easily spotted; using the spare set of stock smoke grenades might help overcome these encounters.
- Rolled Homogeneous armour (hull, turret)
- Cast Homogeneous armour (gun mantlet)
- Wheel (tires)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||30 mm (20-30°)|| 8 mm Top
8 mm Bottom
|10 mm||5 mm|
|Turret|| 30 mm Turret front
50 mm Gun mantlet
|14.5 mm||14.5 mm||8 mm|
- Wheels are only 10mm thick
- The transmission is 10mm of structural steel, which equates to about 5mm of actual protection
- The gun mantlet is the thickest frontal armour (30 mm)
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
Being a light vehicle with a tall profile, the centre of gravity on the SARC MkVI (2pdr) is very high. Coupled with the recoil of the gun, this gives a wobbly effect when firing over the sides (not so much when firing forwards or backwards).
|40 mm QF 2-pounder||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Shot Mk.1 AP/T||AP||72||68||52||37||27||19|
|Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T||APCBC||89||86||77||66||57||50|
|Shot Mk.1 APHV/T||AP||80||75||58||41||30||21|
|Shell Mk.1 AP/T||APHE||66||62||49||36||26||20|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Shot Mk.1 AP/T||AP||792||1.08||N/A||N/A||N/A||47°||60°||65°|
|Shot Mk.IXB APCBC/T||APCBC||792||1.24||N/A||N/A||N/A||48°||63°||71°|
|Shot Mk.1 APHV/T||AP||853||1.08||N/A||N/A||N/A||47°||60°||65°|
|Shell Mk.1 AP/T||APHE||792||1.08||1.2||9||20.9||47°||60°||65°|
|80||67 (+13)||53 (+27)||39 (+41)||20 (+60)||1 (+79)||No|
- Shells are modeled individually and disappear from the rack after having been loaded in the breech.
|7.92 mm BESA|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|7.62 mm M1919A4|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Fast firing 40 mm gun with adequate ballistics
- High mobility of the SARC chassis; reverse speed also useful
- Frontal armour can withstand heavy machine gun at some distances
- Shoulder stabilizer is useful in some situations
- Equipped with Scouting, anti-air capable machine guns and numerous quick-release smoke grenades
- Quick turret traverse speed
- Open-top turret with a crew member partially visible
- Side and top armour is vulnerable to machine guns and cannons
- 40 mm gun struggles to penetrate sloped armour such as the T-34 (1940) or M4
- Tall profile and prone to rollover while turning at high speeds
- Limited off-road mobility on snow, mud and sand; typical of most wheeled cars
- High centre of mass gives the gun a wobbly handling when firing to the sides
The Marmon-Herrington Mk V (also known as South African Reconnaissance Car/SARC Mk V) was a prototype for an eight wheeled armored car produced for South Africa by the Marmon-Herrington Corporation. It ended up very heavy at sixteen tonnes, much too heavy to meet requirements. As such, a project was started to create a lighter eight wheeled armored car known as the Mk VI. During the development it was questioned whether the Mk VI should be armed with the 2-pounder or 6-pounder gun, so two prototypes were made (one with each gun). The prototypes were built in 1943.
A completely new eight wheeled chassis was designed for the Mk VI. All eight wheels were powered and both the first and last axles were used for steering. The hull was taller than that of the Mk V and used a distinctive angled armor construction. The crew compartment was at the front of the vehicle and the engine compartment was at the rear; the driver’s compartment was at the very front and the turret was in the center. As no powerful enough engine could be acquired, two separate 95 horsepower Ford V8 engines were fitted for at total of 190 horsepower. The transmission had four forward and one reverse gear. With a weight of 11,185 kilograms, the Mk VI was over five tonnes lighter than the Mk V and had much better performance with a maximum speed of 65 kilometers per hour and a range of 400 kilometers. The two prototypes had different turrets but both had a radio station in the turret bustle.
The first prototype mounted the 40 mm Ordnance QF 2-pounder gun in an open-topped turret. The open-topped turret was crewed by three men - commander, gunner, and loader - which made a total of four crew members. Secondary armament consisted of a 7.92 mm Besa machine gun with two 7.62 mm (.30 cal) M1919 Browning machine guns mounted on top of the turret.
Production and Service
The two prototypes were completed in 1943. The first prototype with 2-pounder gun was sent to the UK while the second prototype with 6-pounder gun was kept in South Africa. The British Army expressed interest in the Mk VI and even ordered 250 of them but cancelled the order as they were no longer needed once American armored cars such as the M8 Greyhound became available for import in 1943. The first prototype can still be found at the Bovington Tank Museum in Britain.
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|Vehicles for US Army|
|Light tanks||M22 Locust|
|Vehicles for export|
|Wheeled vehicles||SARC MkVI (2pdr) · SARC MkVI (6pdr)|
|Notes:||M22 Locust was designed by America for the US Army and British Army|
|Britain light tanks|
|Armoured cars||Daimler Mk II · AEC Mk II|
|A13||A13 Mk I · A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939|
|A15||Crusader II · Crusader "The Saint" · Crusader III|
|Post war||Warrior · VFM5|
|USA||Stuart I · Stuart III|
|South Africa||SARC MkVI (2pdr) · SARC MkVI (6pdr) · Concept 3 · Eland 90 Mk.7 · Ratel 20 · Ratel 90 · Rooikat Mk.1D · Rooikat 105 · Rooikat MTTD|