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REDFORD BARRACKS, EDINBURGH, 1919
Scenes from a Soldier's Photo Album
1. Buildings, Parades, Guns and Tanks
BUILDINGS, PARADES, GUNS and TANKS
Here are some of the scenes from Redford Barracks at Colinton, Edinburgh and the nearby area, recorded by a private in the 3rd Cameron Highlanders between February and Midsummer 1919.
The 2/10 Royal Scots on parade, in winter and summer......
The captured "Bolshie Gun"......
.....and its origin, only 6 months
or so previously.....
"The Demob. Office"....
A tank exercise, using a smoke screen.....
The above tank images have
been the subject of interest to several Great War
historians. Staffshomeguard is indebted to Mr. Dick
Harley, through the good offices of Dr. Mike Taylor, for
the following comments:
The two heavy
tanks are Mark V* Males (pronounced "Mark V Star"). The
nearer tank ("Better Ole") is serial number 10062, training
number 933, while what I presume is "Top 'Ole" beyond it
appears to be serial number 10034. Both tanks were
built by Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon & Finance Company of
Birmingham, in the second batch of Mark V* Males. No.10034
has its semaphore signalling device erected - the white
stalk with the disc projecting above its roof. We can't see
10034's training number from this angle, but it would also
have been a three-digit code beginning with "9".
photo showing the Mark V* generating a smokescreen is most
interesting. The engine must be running because the cloud of
smoke is being recycled through the radiator's air intake
louvres on the rear left side of the hull. The smoke itself
appears to be generated by smoke candles carried on the
stowage rack hinged to the rear of the armoured fuel tank,
instead of injecting acid into the tank's exhaust pipe,
which ends well above the source of the smoke in this photo.
The other interesting
point is the third tank, beyond the smoke screen,
immediately in front of the walking figure on the right side
of the photo. It is a Medium Tank Mark C Hornet, serial
number unknown. There is something behind the Hornet which
alters the shape of its roof line, but its long fighting
turret, and its rear horn with the rectangular mud chute
casting a shadow, are both clearly identifiable.
Mark V* tanks took part in the July 1919 Victory Parade
through the streets of Edinburgh but it cannot be confirmed
whether or not these particular examples participated.
Dr. Taylor is able to confirm the location of the
photographs: The Pentland Hills in the background,
the screes and the wood halfway up are unmistakeable. It
must be in the Swanston/Dreghorn area though exactly where I
am not sure - but the views from the Edinburgh bypass are
very like those.
We are most grateful to Mike Taylor and Dick Harley for expert
opinion on the tank images.
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