The War File: Tanks! The Battles for Normandy

Overview

This historical documentary examines the critical role that armored tanks played in expanding the breadth of Allied beachheads at Normandy during World War II. Its thesis rests on the idea that the Allies used tanks to clear the beaches of German ammunition, artillery, landmines and other detriments, and thus facilitated the famous Normandy landing on June 6, 1944. In relaying these events, this program relies on a combination of archival footage, CG graphics, interviews with veterans, and discussions with ...
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Overview

This historical documentary examines the critical role that armored tanks played in expanding the breadth of Allied beachheads at Normandy during World War II. Its thesis rests on the idea that the Allies used tanks to clear the beaches of German ammunition, artillery, landmines and other detriments, and thus facilitated the famous Normandy landing on June 6, 1944. In relaying these events, this program relies on a combination of archival footage, CG graphics, interviews with veterans, and discussions with academics well-versed in tank history including Dr. Stephen Badsey and David Fletcher.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Ask the Experts; Test your knowledge; Excerpts from other titles in the Series
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • UPC: 723721261566
  • Rating:

  • Source: Cromwell Productions
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,692

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dr. Stephen Badsey Participant
David Fletcher Participant
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- War File: Tanks! The Battles for Normandy
1. Introduction [5:26]
2. Hobart's Funnies [7:55]
3. Atlantic Wall [9:56]
4. Opposing Force [6:10]
5. Allied Advantages [7:31]
6. German Advantages [7:44]
7. The Green Hell [7:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- War File: Tanks! The Battles for Normandy
   Play: The Battle For Normandy
   Scene Selection
   Ask The Experts
      What Were Your Experiences as a Tank Gunner?
      How Did It Feel to Face the Awesome Power of a Tiger Tank?
      How Was the Main Gun of a Cromwell Tank Operated?
      What Emotions Did You Feel When Firing on the Enemy?
      Describe the Loading of the Petard Mortar, as Fitted to a Churchill Tank
      How Were the Plough and Flail Devices Used on a "Crab" Sherman Tank?
      What Particular Problems Did the Crew of a Flame Throwing Churchill "Crocodile" Have to Face?
      How Was the "Crab" Sherman Operated in the Minefields?
      Play All
   Test Your Knowledge
   Excerpts From Other Titles In the Series
      Steel Tigers
      Sturmgeschutze And Panzerjaeger
      Sturmartillerie
      Michael Wittman - Tiger Ace
      Barbarossa
      The Ardennes Offensive
      The Fall of France
      On Campaign
      The Battle of Kursk
      The Battles for Normandy
      Blitzkrieg
      Tigers in the Desert
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