Armour: vol 1
history of armoured warfare is a history of tactics, technology
and human genius. Relive the great tank battles from World War I
through to today's cyber wars.
Industrial might and technological revolutions brought new kinds
of weapons to the battlefield. The machine gun, the aeroplane and
the tank. This episode looks at the birth of the tank and its role
in trying to breakthrough massive defensive lines.
From 1919-1939 military thought was mulling over the disasters of
WWI and trying to deal with a similar strategy. Germany was the
leading nation in developing tank tactics and in 1940 it released
its panzers upon Europe. France fell in a month.
The Western Desert of North Africa was the perfect place for tank
commanders and the Desert Fox, General Rommel, proved time and again
that his German forces were more than a match for anyone.
The battle of Kursk was the turning point in World War II and saw
the largest clash of tanks ever seen.
In Normandy the terrain did not suit tanks and every hedge or building
could contain infantry with the equipment to send them to a fiery
death. This is a tale of the tankman's private war.
Wave of Terror
Hitler's massive counterattack through the Ardennes threw the confident
Allies into utter confusion and meant the advantage, temporarily,
swung back in Germany's favour.
War - War of Nerves.
The October War.
Vietnam - Into the Killing Zone.
Afghanistan - The Bear Trap.
The Quick and the Dead.