A large crowd turns out in New Zealand to watch a military parade of tanks go down a city street, in celebration of the end of World War 1. In front are a group of Mark IV Tanks, the British Army’s work horse and main battle tank. It was also used by British allies such as New Zealand and Australia (the so called Anzac forces). In the rear is a Whippet light tank.
Below are various close ups of the crowd and the tanks.
Make sure to drive slowly! Actually these big lumbering beasts were fairly slow moving even at their top speed.
Close up of the Buildings in the Background. Note the large number of patriotic spectators waving flags. Many are perched precariously on windows and ledges in order to get a better view.
Side View of One of the Mark IV Tanks, bristling with armaments.
A View of the Whippet Tank
Italian soldiers pushing a large 8 inch mortar into position somewhere on the Austrian front. Most of the fighting between Austria and Italy took place on the mountainous frontier region between the two countries, which made moving and supplying men and materials difficult. Here the Italian troops are relying on brute strength to get this giant and apparently outdated, clumsy mortar into a firing position. The hills and mountains in the background give an idea of how hard it must have been to get the cannon this far.
In this picture from 1915, a group of Italian Canadians reservists is marching through Toronto at the intersections of Yonge and Dundas Streets. Some are holding Italian flags while others are holding British and Canadian flags.
Many Italian Canadians felt a double duty to enlist and fight in the war since their mother country as well as their adopted country of Canada were both at war with the same enemy.
In this closeup we can see some of the men in the center of the parade. They are wearing somewhat shabby suits. The idea of wearing suits to go to enlist in a war characterized by the muddy killing fields of the Western Front may seem ridiculous, but enlisting was seen as a momentous and formal affair (which it was) demanding a dignified attire. Many British men who signed up at the start of the war also reported for duty in formal attire for the same reason.
The three men in the front of the parade are better dressed than the rest and they may have been leaders within the Italian community.
Here is a nice picture of a group of soldiers serving in the Austro Hungarian Army during World War 1, followed by closeups of the men in the picture to show greater detail of their weapons and uniforms.
The man in the center, probably an officer, is wearing a medal on his uniform. He has a handgun tucked into his belt as well as two knives, one in his stockings and the other on his belt. In this type of warfare, you didn’t want to be caught without a weapon.
Closeup of the Soldiers on the Right of the Photo
The two men on the right of the photo have an interesting assortment of tools and weapons attached to their belts. The man on the left also has a medal.
The second man on the left has two hand grenades attached to his belt as well as several tools.
The man furthest on the left has a couple of tools on his belt including what looks like a wire cutter.
Above is a closeup of the tools and weapons attached to the belts of some of the soldiers. In addition to knives and grenades they both have what appears to be tools used to cut or bend barbed wire. This may have been used to install barbed wire or cut through enemy obstacles. I am not sure what the item shaped a bit like a rolling pin hanging a by a string is for.A closeup of the two Austrian soldiers in the top center of the picture. The man on the right has two medals on his uniform.