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Where did the military tank get its name?

Learn how tank became the code word to describe common military vehicles.

Tank was a secret word used to keep the purpose of these vehicles ambiguous. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Tank was a secret word used to keep the purpose of these vehicles ambiguous.

During World War I, when the British were developing the tank, they called these first armored fighting vehicles "water tanks" to keep their real purpose a secret. This code word has remained in spite of early efforts to call them "combat cars" or "assault carriages."

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