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Tanks! - The Battles For Normandy [DVD]

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  • Actors: David Fletcher, Stephen Badsey
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000284ALA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The highly specialised and adapted British armour played a leading role in the tank battles in Normandy. The Churchill AVRE, the Sherman Duplex Drive and a host of other variants each played their part in defeating the forces of Nazi Germany. Made with the help of the Tank Museum at Bovington, The Battles for Normandy features rare archive footage, the experiences of the veterans and the unique insights of Dr Stephen Badsey of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and David Fletcher of The Royal Tank Museum at Bovington; Britain s leading authorities on tanks in combat.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve.J TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2014
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This is one episode in a decent 12 part series about the armoured vehicles of WW2. It starts in a promising way for those interested in the details of armoured vehicles of the period, focussing on the Churchill AVRE (Assault Vehicle Royal Engineers) variants, otherwise known as 'Hobarts Funnies'. These specialised tank variants provided solutions to various tactical problems on D-Day and beyond and should be of interest to anyone who wants to know a bit more about armoured warfare in this period. After this, the episode takes a more general view of the progress of fighting post D-Day and the differences in quantity vs quality of Allied and German forces. the Allies esp. the USA, had focussed on faster medium tank designs and the Germans on highly armoured and armed tanks (plus having the fearsome 88mm anti-tank gun), resulting in huge losses for the allies.

Overall, a decent documentary of D-Day armour, but I felt that it lost its' way a bit as it went from specific detail to strategic overview a bit too much, especially as it was billed as being about armoured battles. To be fair, I suppose that the producers are trying to squeeze a large quantity of information into a 48 minute documentary, so maybe I am being a bit harsh.

I have to say that the whole series is definitely worth at least one viewing for anyone interested in WW2 history, especially armoured vehicles of that period. You need to bear in mind that the series is about 13 years old now and the animation sequences and contemporary video reflect that in terms of quality, but they are not dreadful, just ordinary.
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