Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918

Photographer: Thomas Frederick Scales

Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918

Dry plate glass negative

Reference No. 1/2-014078-G

Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand


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  • Something Green Photography by Melissa Hensley 5y

    Wow. Crazy.
  • Daniel Lowe 5y

    I love how the sign says "Caution, Drive Slowly" as these huge hulks of iron lumber on by.
  • carlosbezz 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called artland, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • stefatc 5y

    Before I change trade I was a tank driver and gunner. I have liked those thanks! Verry nice!
  • Marty Johnston 5y

    What a tremendous sense of history photographs such as this brings home to us. Thanks for sharing!
  • National Library NZ on The Commons 5y

    You're welcome Marty - glad you're enjoying them!

    -- Courtney
  • Jaime Avalos 5y

    Gran documento historico
  • Alejandra Pamela Cuevas Barrera 5y

    Esta foto es un tesoro historico,amazing pic,,,Pam
  • jylascurain 5y

    They are British Medium Tank Mk V, known as male tank of the it serie, but the thank in the background is the British Medium Tank A, known as Whipper.

    Mr. Joaquín Yániz Lascurain.
    P.O.Box 167.
    08630 Abrera, Barcelona.
  • Nikola Vukasinovic 5y

    These tanks were beautifully designed!
  • .Manna.Sparks. 5y

    THIS is amazing !
  • mambo1935 3y

    great view!
  • Sam 9mo

    An amazing image.
  • greengeek1 9mo

    Daniel Lowe Can you actually do anything other than slow in those things?
  • greengeek1 9mo

    If those tanks didn't have any projecting lumps on the top of them, it looks like they could go equally well upside down.
  • Tim Ball 9mo

    They look so menacing in those streets, like alien crafts in an early Sci-Fi movie!
  • fulvue 9mo

    greengeek - these were tanks as first invented (and designed not for streets but for very rough ground, straddling trenches and providing support for men on foot). Just like the keyboard/computer/pc/laptop/iphone you are using, the tank has gone through many stages of development since the time of first invention.
  • Rob Telford 9mo

    That looks to have been taken at Ludgate Circus in London - I pass by there every day. :-)

    Similar viewpoint today
  • Frizztext 9mo

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