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The Osprey book of German World War 1 Panzers mentioned that "Schnuck" was taken to Britain as a war trophy, put on display, and later scrapped with only its cannon surviving.  I wondered where it was displayed, and how.  I thought of how British Marks III and IV tanks were similarly put on display as war memorials in many towns and were later taken away.



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I know there was one German Tank at the Crystal Palace exhibition on WW1, not sure if this was the one. Criminally but typical of the age, when the exhibit was over they dragged them outside and cut them up there and then. no



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Here's one photo of her probably at Crystal Palace.
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205076551
Here's a few of the IWM staff getting busy, which also answers the question "What happened to Shnuck"?

 


http://blogs.iwm.org.uk/transforming-iwm-london/2012/07/a-look-back-how-iwm-has-changed-over-the-decades/
http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205076646

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/listing/object-205013124?items_per_page=10&page=1

 



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A lot of useful info here, if you can wade through it:  

http://landships.activeboard.com/t57483972/where-were-these/



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It's hard to fathom why it was staff from IWM cutting it up. Incredible that they didnt realise the significance of such a rare machine. Kind of goes against everything I though the IWM would stand for even back then.

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T140 wrote:

It's hard to fathom why it was staff from IWM cutting it up. Incredible that they didnt realise the significance of such a rare machine. Kind of goes against everything I though the IWM would stand for even back then.


 "Big Willie", the prototype for the Mark tanks throughout World War One, was also scrapped.  It was luck that "Little Willie" didn't meet the same fate.



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Well, these ugly, big Tank things will just be a passing fad old chap, we'll soon be back to red unifirms, shiney buttons & horses! The IWM's there to celebrate Britishness!
Look at what the Tanks chopped up during WW2 & Korea & I believe that the Soviets melted down no end of stuff from WW2 as late as the 1960s.

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Pzkpfw-e wrote:

Well, these ugly, big Tank things will just be a passing fad old chap, we'll soon be back to red unifirms, shiney buttons & horses! The IWM's there to celebrate Britishness!
Look at what the Tanks chopped up during WW2 & Korea & I believe that the Soviets melted down no end of stuff from WW2 as late as the 1960s.


 Well, the Soviets couldn't be expected to keep so much obsolete militaria when they had plenty of need of metal for other, more urgent uses.

Presumably Britain got rid of so many war memorial Mark tanks for the same reason.



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I get the impression, that most of our memorial tanks were gone before 1939, with Councils being unwilling to keep them maintained & painted.

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Scrapping frenzy was at its height across the country c1930



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A 1930s version of what was recently done there during the latest "upgrade".



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Having read some contemporary accounts, there was a desire, doubtless due to great loss of life, in the country at large to forget the 'Great War' in the 20s.  I suspect such items were scrapped because the 'powers that be' felt they reminded too many people of the loss of a loved one.

 

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Pzkpfw-e wrote:

I get the impression, that most of our memorial tanks were gone before 1939, with Councils being unwilling to keep them maintained & painted.


Could it be people just didn't want to be reminded of the cost the "War to end all wars" really cost? (In human lives I mean).

Grant

 



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