Caption- "BAPAUME, FRANCE, 1918. A BRITISH MARK IV TANK, THE WORD HENRY PAINTED ON ITS SIDE, WITH A T-MODEL FORD MOTOR CAR USED BY THE YMCA"
They have just put a German WW1 tank on display at the Aus War Memorial.
Manuel in Oz
I understand it's the only remaining German tank from WWI. I think the story goes that the Germans got it stuck in the mud in no-man's land and abandoned it, so the Brits thought it would be great to go and fetch it and they did! Hail Britannia!
Model t looks a little worse for wear (headlights, radiator etc) I hope someone kept it after the war.
Appears to be a '13 or '14, missing side lamps and gas lamps converted to electric.
Looks to be LHD but has British style conversion to carry a demountable spare wheel.
Or is the photo reversed? There appears to be a letter N wrong way round painted on the turret.
The Ford script on the radiator top tank can be seen by zooming in and a little change in contrast etc. So the photo is not reversed (assumes no one did any photo shopping etc. before we looked at it.) I cannot see if the windshield brackets are straight (generally 1913) or curved (generally 1914) but there was some overlap when the 1914 style windshield was used at the end of the 1913 model year.
We can also see that there are not any hinges on the dummy left hand door. So USA body and NOT Canadian or UK. A lot of parts were salvaged and cars built up from available parts.
My all time favorite WWI Model T photo is the one below and it is seen in many books etc. My notes say "Australian War Museum collection-- photo taken in Belgium.
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I had a bit of a hard time finding the name "Henry" on the tank because my tablet screen isn't all that compatible with my bad eyesight. But I finally found it.
Hap, here are a couple more photos of that car-
Caption for both- "Members of 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, with a skeletal Ford Model T car, Bailleul, France, 1917"
Is that car propelled by BEANS?
The driver eats beans and then sits over the canister to produce gas to propel the car.
Thank you so much for adding the additional photos. Model Ts were and still are very tough cars.
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Those are really great photos. To be able to go back in time, even for an hour to witness those two events would be great.