centurion, on 29 March 2012 - 11:10 PM, said:
Britannia arrived in the USA on the 18th October 1917
A great subject, here are some more photographs of " Britannia's " U.S. and Canadian trips, and some captions from the photographs with texts. I hope they assist you with your project.
" British Tank Stirs City "
The coming to Pittsburg ( Pennsylvania, U.S.A. ) of the British tank " Brittania " ( misspelt ) aroused the populace to a high pitch of enthusiasm. This very iron demon of destruction had hurled havoc into the ranks of the Huns in some of the fiercest fighting in France. When it rumbled up Fifth Avenue it typified to all beholders the might that would sooner or later crush the hopes of the Prussian tyrants for world domination and send them back to their lairs beaten and cringing for mercy from their conquerers, whom they had sought to destroy.
When on Sunday, April 28, 1918, the day following its arrival, the tank rested on Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, it was viewed by no less than a million Americans. They crowded as close as possible to the " Brittania " ( misspelt ) which was used as a rostrum for speakers and singers. The throng would not be content with a mere sight of the powerful machine that had helped so valiantly in the winning of the war. Every beholder wanted to touch it, look into it, and ask questions about it and to compare it to the pictures rthey had seen of similar machines.
As an aid to recruiting, the coming of the tank exerted a powerful force. It proved to be a great stimulus to the spirit of the people. The effect was surprising and men rushed in great numbers to enlist. Those who, for various reasons, could not enlist were deeply impressed with the " Keep the Home Fires Burning " sung from the top of the tank by Miss Vera Kaighn. "