Great Tank Battles of WWII
The mobility and devastating firepower of WWII tanks was key to the success of many major battles from the Eastern and Western fronts to the deserts of North Africa. Superior firepower has always been a valid strategy of war, and nothing embodies that idea more than the tank. See some of the great tanks that were used throughout military history including: the Panther, Tiger, Sherman and more.
S01:E01 - Dawn of the Titans
This first part of the series introduces the first tanks being deployed on the battlefields in northern France during the First World War and describes the devastating effect these steel monsters had on an infantry confronted with them for the very first time. It tracks the development, both technologically and strategically from the Fuller 1919 philosophy through the German attack on Poland.
S01:E02 - The Superior Force
The second episode starts on the morning of the 22nd of June 1941 when the Germans launched operation Barbarossa, the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union. 3 million Axis tools faced more than 4.5 million Red Army troops and were outnumbered two to one in tanks, but superior training and strategies gave the Germans the edge.
S01:E03 - Death in the Snow and Sand
The third episode opens with Rommel’s second offensive in North Africa. The following summer the German offensive at Kharkov and the subsequent push past the River Don towards Volga and Stalingrad, later the scene of Germany’s first major defeat - The Battle of Stalingrad. The scene is switched to North Africa following the continuous battle between the British 8th Army, the Desert Rats.
S01:E04 - Out Blitzing the Blitzkrieg
The fourth episode sees the Germans well and truly on the retreat and the Allies are able to successfully implement operation Husky - the landing on Sicily - where General Montgomery and the American General George Smith Patton ousted the Germans in little over five weeks. On the Eastern Front General Zhukov inflicted heavy defeat on the Germans now having the new T - 54 tank available.