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One of the first attempts was made in France on 1 December 1914, when Paul Frot, an engineer in canal construction at the ''Compagnie Nationale du Nord'', proposed to the French War Ministry a design for a landship with armour and armament based on the motorization of a [[Laffly]] [[compactor]] with heavy fluted wheels, that had been developed from 1912 and had been used to compact canals:<ref>Gougaud, p.106-108</ref>
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One of the first attempts was made in France on 1 December 1914, when Paul Frot, an engineer in [[canal]] construction at the ''Compagnie Nationale du Nord'', proposed to the French War Ministry a design for a landship with armour and armament based on the motorization of a [[Laffly]] [[compactor]] with heavy fluted wheels, that had been developed from 1912 and had been used to compact canals:<ref>Gougaud, p.106-108</ref>
   
 
{{Quote|"This rolling fortress, which only cannon could stop, would force our enemies to adopt another tactic, and anyway would give us a marked momentary advantage"|Letter of Paul Frot to the French War Ministry, [[Les Sables d'Olonne]], 1 December 1914.<ref>French excerpt of the original: "Cette forteresse roulante, que seul le canon pourrait arrêter, obligerait les ennemis à adopter une autre tactique et en tout cas nous donnerait momentanément un avantage marqué" in Gougaud, p.106</ref>}}
 
{{Quote|"This rolling fortress, which only cannon could stop, would force our enemies to adopt another tactic, and anyway would give us a marked momentary advantage"|Letter of Paul Frot to the French War Ministry, [[Les Sables d'Olonne]], 1 December 1914.<ref>French excerpt of the original: "Cette forteresse roulante, que seul le canon pourrait arrêter, obligerait les ennemis à adopter une autre tactique et en tout cas nous donnerait momentanément un avantage marqué" in Gougaud, p.106</ref>}}

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