Hundreds of Tanks Rolling Down Pennsylvania Avenue

This is definitely (hopefully) something you would not see today. It’s a large parade of tanks heading from the Capitol Building towards the White House.

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tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Ave. NW
tanks rolling down Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Source: National Geographic

The caption claims it’s 1947, but the discussion on Reddit seem to point to a time during World War II.

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  • mgvonsas

    This is early WW2… 1942 or possibly early 1943. This is a much smaller model than the Sherman, which reached its production peak in 1944.

  • M_B_G

    Source: http://natgeofound.tumblr.com/post/52966623825/u-s-military-tanks-parade-near-the-capitol PHOTOGRAPH BY VOLKMAR K. WENTZEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

  • Chuck Rheault

    They are either M3 or M5 Light Tanks – Stuart’s I believe. These would have been very early in the war. If later, they might have been training units for National Guard Troops.