Antedating of Military Usage of "Tank"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 22 01:40:21 UTC 2013

The OED's first use for _tank_ n.7 is dated September 1916.  I believe that earlier usage appears in E. D. Swinton, "Notes on the Employment of 'Tanks'," February 1916 in Fourth Army Operations Papers, vol. 5, letter 6.

Fred Shapiro

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