Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Those are some of the very early tanks. Nice to see them here.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
They look like the toy tanks we had as kids - or rather, the toy tanks looked like the real ones from the era.
That's a great photo!