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Even before they appeared on the field of battle, tanks were called land ships. The metaphora wasn’t only lively, but contagious: in the years of WWII many tank projects were developed, equaling warships in size and firepower. The historian Yuri Pasholok invented the term “land cruiser” for this kind of tank.
the project was deemed interesting by military engineers, and with them the deputy of the commander of Ural military district. They promised to promote the enthusiast’s idea in Moscow. But the author didn’t recieve any message from Moscow, so he decided to write himself by permission of his commanding officer. Osokin was convinced in the success of his project and deemed any delay in working on it unnecessary.