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The British secret weapon deceptively described by them as a motorized water tank--a name that stuck in part. The first tanks in the war were seen at Delville Wood in the Somme and were met with incredulous looks from the Allied soldiers they were meant to protect and from the Germans, some of whom called them "monsters." Below: A captured British tank, now bearing the German Cross. A curious crowd watches as fellow soldiers huddle on top trying to make it run. Unlike the Allies, the Germans showed little interest in developing their own tanks, partly as a result of scarce metal resources.

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