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Early tank. Early tank captured by the Germans and put on display throughout Europe as a trophy. The tank was developed by the British during the First World War in response to the terrible conditions and large loss of life on the battlefields of France. In order to keep the project secret, the 'landships' were listed in official documents as storage tanks and it was this codename that the vehicles came to be known by. Tanks were first used on 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme; the 49 vehicles performed disappointingly. However, another attack using 400 tanks near Cambrai in November 1917 resulted in the capture of 8000 men and 100 guns.
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