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The Feature Creep

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Happy Birthday to the Tank

09/14/2006 3:56 PM

Today marks the 90th birthday of the first use of the modern tank. (that way I can get around all those Leonardo da Vinci drawings)

The tank was first used in battle of the Somme against German forces. The BBC has a great article on it here.

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Re: Happy Birthday to the Tank

09/15/2006 9:43 AM

The first tanks were built in Lincoln at a company called Ruston and Hornsby, also a manufacturer of oil engines (later called diesel engines), and other heavy agricultural equipment

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Re: Happy Birthday to the Tank

09/15/2006 10:36 AM

Because the British Navy was involved in the development of the tank, naval terms are sometimes used to describe a tank's parts. Examples include: hatch, deck, sponson, hull, bilge pump and bulkhead. Thanks to the Tank Museum for that fact!

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Re: Happy Birthday to the Tank

09/15/2006 5:41 PM

Tanks were probably a great idea, and a great aid in battle 90 years ago, than they are today.

I certainly would NOT want to be an armored soldier (in a tank) today, with the number of 'tank killing' guided munitions out there...

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