Friday, November 13, 2009

Tanks

This is another picture from Camp Meade. It shows men training in tanks. I find these World War I tanks fascinating.

8 comments:

  1. Those are some of the very early tanks. Nice to see them here.

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  2. How very imposing this picture is. Could you imagine how fearful a sight this must have been for the general public to see in the media?

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  3. I hope there's some serious depth-of-field compression going on here. Or else there's one instructor risking being crushed by that cresting tank.

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  4. I believe these are British Mark IV or Mark V. They were very dangerous for the crew, and terrifying for the soldiers facing them. They were considered a psychological weapon because they weren't all that effective as an offensive weapon.

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  5. I don't think that instructor had anything to worry about. Those tanks only moved a couple miles an hour. He would have to be asleep to get hit by one lf them.
    R

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  6. For those interested in seeing these and other WW1 assets in person - in PA - there is an event coming up in January. They will be reenacting winter 1917-1918. Check out http://www.great-war-assoc.org/ for the Great War Association and more information. At a recent event here in California, I had the pleasure of meeting some WW1 reenactors and they did a trench demonstration, at an event called Marching Thru History. I love being able to see and touch these pieces of history to put our modern lives into perspective.

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  7. They look like the toy tanks we had as kids - or rather, the toy tanks looked like the real ones from the era.

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