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The steam designed by Frenchman Nicolas Joseph Cugnot. The French army commissioned it in 1769 but the engine was too heavy.
Tanks from the Memories...
A museum has recreated some of the evolutionary dead ends dreamt up before the modern Tank was finally invented during WW1.
Accurate models of the weird and wonderful creations that date as far back as 3,000 years ago will form part of a new exhibition at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset.
Tanks as we know them rolled onto the battlefield in 1916 during World War One.
But among the models recreated is one designed by ancient Assyrians from 9th century BC, which was an early siege vehicle – a battering ram with armour and a protruding weapon.