MK V (WWI) tanks
WW1 MK V tanks in Berlin 1945. The ruined building in the background is the Berlin Cathedral, taken from the Lustgarten (soon to become Marx-Engels Platz, now reverted to the Pleasure Garden). The cathedral was burnt-out by an incindiary bomb on May 24, 1944. May be the Mk.V likewise be a bombing victim or destroyed Soviet tank or AT gun. Unknown who was the tank captured from, the British in 1918 , or the Russians in WW2 (more probably this tank been captured in Russia and became part of the Zeughaus collection in Berlin).
And very interesting citation from unknown source: "Sometimes I wonder if it was a dream” he muses recalling that fateful flight. The last time he and Navigator George Compton saw each other prior to this meeting they were bailing out of a burning B-17 over Berlin. Compton was suffering extensive injuries that included the loss of an eye. Schrimsher came away almost unscratched. Bombardier James Conway also escaped unhurt. Shells were literally exploding within feet of him and bullets were whizzing every which way and yet he was not touched. He parachuted and was captured by what looked to him like a group of Hitler Youth. They stripped him of his outer flight suit but left him wearing his (no longer) electrically heated flight suit. He was then loaded on a turretless World War One tank for a trip thru Berlin's streets."
"There I am standing in this old tank in this bright blue suit going through the Berlin suburbs.” He had become a war trophy.
Northwest Florida Daily News . January 2003
(Picture from soviet "Smena" Nr 7-8/45 magazine)