The development of the Trenchgrinder was a response to the stalemate that trench warfare had created on the eastern front. An initial vehicle, Atakke, was already in use and then dismantled in 2010. The prototype of a new design that would become the Trenchgrinder was first demonstrated on May 14, 2011. Although initially termed "land ships", production vehicles were named "tanks", to preserve secrecy. The term Trenchgrinder was chosen when it became evident that no line of defense was suitable against such overpowering weaponry and it remains in use as one of the most deadly machinations on the modern battlefield.