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Mack NM 6x6 - Snow Plough

Mack NM in The Big Freeze of 1963 Remembered, Documentary, 1963 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: US — Made for: GB

Mack NM 6x6 - Snow Plough

Position 00:37:26 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2018-01-12 01:07

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[Image: 37-26royalmarines.jpg]

Not sure if ID able but worth a punt. The Royal Marines digging folk out on Dartmoor, although this is not necessarily an army/navy plough.

Sunbar UK

2018-01-12 16:51

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[Image: whiddon.jpg]

From an enlarged and cropped still photograph - 7th February 1963, Royal Marines and snowplough trying to clear snow on the Whiddon Down to Exeter road Link to "www.gettyimages.co.uk"

Badge not recognised?

dsl SX

2018-01-12 17:24

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Not sure if my grab is any better
[Image: 37-26royalmarinesc.jpg]

... but I think I can see 3 dark letters on a pale background, which may be W H L. H seems clearest, L so-so, W dodgiest. I don't see it as B M C.

The Marines seem to have arrived in a military Bedford
[Image: 37-26royalmarinesd.jpg]

.... and I get the impression that the snow plough may already have been stuck before they arrived, but unconfirmed.

Sunbar UK

2018-01-12 18:25

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BMC would be 1968 or later bonnet is not WE or WF style

Something like W H L is about right, it looks potentially American to me not British?

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JCB UK

2018-01-12 19:22

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Looks like a Mack to me , many ex-WW2 NM 6x6 in use as snow ploughs in UK.

-- Last edit: 2018-01-12 19:26:40

Sunbar UK

2018-01-12 19:32

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http://www.offroadvehicle.ru/AZBUCAR/Mack/Mack%20NM%20Army%20truck.jpg

Certainly bonnet grille windscreen and upper cab look right for Mack NM 6x6?

JCB UK

2018-01-12 19:47

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The left one here has same badge I think , maybe the converter.
The Ministry of transport had dozens of these Macks.

Link to "www.flickr.com"

https://www.flickr.com/photos/36618304@N05/6797966083

-- Last edit: 2018-01-12 19:50:31

Sunbar UK

2018-01-12 19:53

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From the left vehicle TLD??? similar registration to movie vehicle perhaps?

Also there were possibly two such snow ploughs in use at the scene as one seems to have a number plate on the grille and the still photograph is without one.

-- Last edit: 2018-01-12 19:59:48

Sunbar UK

2018-01-12 21:23

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Converted vehicles were introduced after the 'Ice Age' of the winter of 1946-47.

The Ministry of Transport sought suitable types of heavy equipment and the Mack 170 bhp six-wheel-drive petrol-engined chassis was decided upon. Numbers had been left behind by the U.S. Forces, who had actually demonstrated the efficacy of Mack snowploughs for clearing aerodromes.

Both the Ministry and local authorities bought Macks and Ministry engineers collaborated with manufacturers on the design of high-wing plough attachments.

Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

Many of the canvas-roofed trucks were modified to a full steel cab design after 1955.

England had 156 of the Mack type. In Scotland there were 130 Macks and in Wales 18.

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Sunbar UK

2018-01-13 21:30

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And finally possibly resolving the badge on the front...

[Image: mack.jpg]
https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5696/30257901311_15d5832754_b.jpg

with four letters being 'MACK' only the heavier uprights of the letters A and C have the appearance of being combined as single central letter?

dsl SX

2018-01-14 00:59

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OK - I'm convinced.

JCB UK

2018-01-14 10:18

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Well done Sunbar that badge bit was bugging me , I was wondering if the 'clearest' H was for Hendon !

Other thing , these were not 'left behind' by US army as stated by Commercial Motor.
They were supplied under lend lease to the UK, we finished paying for them in 2006 !
The British army had many as artillery tractors and also the Ministry of Supply had a big fleet with tank transporter trailers delivering tanks throughout UK and driven by civilian drivers. There was a good tale from an ex MOS driver in one of the classic truck mags few years back.

-- Last edit: 2018-01-14 10:30:34

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