Military Tanks are Named after Water Tanks

March 28, 2011 at 2:00 am 2 comments

By Chad Upton | Editor

Characterized by its large size, rugged capabilities and literally bulletproof exterior, the military tank is the reference standard for anything that embodies similar qualities.

That’s why it’s so interesting that the military tank is actually named after the water tank.

There’s no technical relationship between the two, the name actually stems from the top secret project that spawned the tank.

Whenever something needs to be kept secret, whether in the military or even consumer culture, code names are often assigned so subjects can be referenced without spilling any important information.

According to Churchill’s authoritative biography, the project was code named “water tank for Russia.”

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Agate  |  April 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Resorting to commonly known trivia? I guess you’re running out of secrets.

    • 2. Chad Upton  |  April 4, 2011 at 12:20 am

      The reality is that somebody out there knows every single one of these before I post it. Sorry you already knew this one.


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