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
A New Zealand artillery company passes through the newly liberated village of Bertincourt, in northern France on September 8, 1918 (exactly 97 years ago today).
The artillery piece is a BL 60 pounder gun, whose main role was counter battery fire, meaning that it was tasked with suppressing and destroying enemy artillery batteries.
The gun is being drawn by a large team of horses because it is so heavy. Some support troops are walking with the rest of the column. On the right there is a damaged building with the name of the town, testifying to the recent fighting.
Below are some magnifications and closeups of the picture, giving better detail of the cannon as well as the team of horses pulling it. Credit for the original picture goes to Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association :New Zealand official negatives, World War 1914-1918. Ref: 1/2-013580-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22901789
The Failure of the Gallipoli Campaign
Anzac Forces in the Gallipoli Campaign
This photograph shows the evacuation of allied forces from Suvla Bay during the Gallipoli campaign, following the allied failure to break the Ottoman Turk lines commanded Mustafa Kemal, the future revered leader of post war Turkey. The allies had carried out a series of amphibious landings in the Dardanelles with the goal of eventually marching on Constantinople and knocking the Ottomans out of the war. But the Ottomans, despite being economically and militarily backwards, and fighting the allies on multiple and distant fronts, were surprisingly resilient, especially when commanded by competent commanders. The allies failed to break through, and were contained near their beach heads. After months of stalemate and mounting casualties, the allies withdrew by sea.