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The War File - Tanks!: Panzers At War [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Cromwell
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W0TX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This documentary profiles the German Panzer tanks which played such an important role in the Second World War. Included in German, Russian and Allied footage are the Tiger, Sturmgeschutze, Brumbar, Nashorn, Jagdpanther, Jagdtiger, Marder, Hetzer, Panzerjaeger IV, Elefant and many others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for German WWII armour enthusiasts. 20 Jan 2002
Features 3 episodes from the 'Achtung Panzer' series of Videos. This DVD covers three episodes titled: -
Steel Tigers
You don't actually see a Tiger until about half way through the 50 minute episode as the first half provides a background to tank development that culminated in the Tiger. Panzer 1, 2, 3 & 4's, Panthers and Russian KV1's and T34's. There are also some well made computer simulations and also film of surviving examples.
Sturmgeschutze & Panzajaeger
50 minutes of Stugs and tank destroyers. Mostly original war footage with some computer simulations and film of surviving examples.
As above 50 minutes of self propelled artillery with original war footage with some computer simulations and film of surviving examples.
I thoroughly recommend this and can't wait for the rest of the series to come out on DVD, especially at this price.
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A number of misconceptions about Germany's tracked armoured vehicles are exposed during this series. As compared with their contemporaries, this DVD is not just a collection of great shots of the most famous of the German tanks such as the Tiger but rather this DVD contextualises it.

In the first episode, Steel Tigers, the state of the German Armoured forces is highlighted during their enigmatic or more correctly paradigmatic victories in Poland & Western Europe.

Rather than the quality of their Armour being the reason for the stupendous victories, it was the German's superior battle doctrine which was the linchpin. In fact, as is made clear, during the Battle of France, the Germans were in fact inferior both in terms of quality - their being a preponderance of the useless Mark Is & IIs - and numerically - 2500 versus 4000. The concentration of the armour into Panzer Divisions was the decisive factor. The allies on the other hand, squandered their resources in the penny-packet deployment of their armour. In addition the Germans had learnt some very valuable lessons during their Polish Campaign which they now used to great effect.

The continuing series of facile victories both in the desert & in the Balkans bolstered the German's feelings of invincibility. As a result, they failed to learn the ultimate lessons about tank design & although the future Tiger & Panther were on the drawing boards, gave their development no priority until they ultimately encountered the T34 in bulk.

In fact the superb Tiger & Panther were eventually only produced in extremely modest quantities & as such, despite their legendary performance, would never stem the tide of Allied armour.
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