There’s something inherently timeless about watching a very moveable object get smushed by an unstoppable force.

This British Pathé video of a tank crushing a car in Toronto in 1918 was recently discovered by graphic designer and photographer Benjamin Moogk, who writes at his blog: “Seems that the idea of crushing cars with a tank happened as soon as the tank was invented and Torotonians were the first to enjoy this spectacle. I was amused by the photograph Fonds 1244, Item 733 [shown below], but this week it lead me to discover a lost piece of footage of Toronto shot on November 11, 1918.”

After a bit of photographic sleuthing, Moogk concluded that the spectacle did indeed transpire in Toronto, and not “somewhere in the UK” as noted by British Pathé.

More pics and neat historical background here.

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