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Greatest Tank Battles

Season 1 2011
TV-14

  • 2011-01-05T05:00:00Z
  • 45 mins
  • 7 hours, 53 mins
  • English
  • Documentary

Greatest Tank Battles is an action-packed 20 -part series that brings to life the most gripping and monumental tank battles ever fought, through stunning CGI animation and eyewitness accounts. Filmed on battlefields across the world, this new original series puts viewers in the heat of the battles, witnessing historic armored combats through the eyes of the very men who manned the tanks and fought to the finish.

Greatest Tank Battles brings the full fury of mechanized warfare to the screen for the first time by analyzing the weapons, defenses, tactics and using ultra-realistic CGI animation. The viewer experiences the complete picture of tank warfare: a General’s-eye view of the battlefield, a soldier’s-eye view of face to face confrontations and meticulous technical analysis by military historians. From the mighty 88mm cannon of the Second World War German Tiger, to the thermal imaging target system of the Gulf War M-1 Abrams - the series examines the significant technical details that shaped a century of battle.

Greatest Tank Battles will for the first time take viewers through the hatch and inside some of history’s most legendary tanks, allowing them to see the battle through the eyes of tank commanders and their crews. They’ll ride along with some of some of the greatest tank aces, discovering how they were able to make kill after kill, often against overwhelming odds, and escape with their lives.

Their stories bring to life epic conflicts such as those on the Eastern Front where 100,000 tanks clashed in history’s biggest war. But some stories push ever farther a field to bring eyewitness accounts of pivotal tank battles in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East.

Greatest Tank Battles takes us deeper into the mechanized battlefield than ever before revealing the delicate balance between man and machine - between victory and death- it puts viewers in the commander’s seat and sends them into the heart of the action.

10 episodes

1x01 The Battle of 73 Easting

  • Series Premiere

    2011-01-05T05:00:00Z — 52 mins

The 1991 Gulf War's 'Battle of 73 Easting' is the most studied tank battle of modern times. This is the story of how the American 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment used superior equipment and training to overcome a blinding sandstorm and hundreds of tanks manned by Iraq's elite Republican Guard.

In 1973, Syria launches a surprise attack against Israel in the Golan Heights. This is a story of survival, where a few out-numbered tankers manage to hold off an enemy of overwhelming size in one of the greatest tank battles ever waged.

1x03 The Battle of El Alamein

  • 2011-01-19T05:00:00Z — 53 mins

In 1942, Rommel's Desert Afrika Corps faces off against Montgomery's Eighth Army. This is the story of the climax in the struggle for North Africa, which would change the course of the Second World War.

In December 1944, German forces launch a surprise attack through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. This is the story of the American tankers who helped defend the American line against Hitler's final gamble on the western front.

1x05 The Battle of the Hochwald Gap

  • 2011-02-02T05:00:00Z — 44 mins

In February 1945, Canadian forces launch an attack to cross the Rhine and enter the German heartland. This is the story of the struggle for the Hochwald Gap – the final obstacle blocking the Allies, which the Germans are determined to hold at any cost.

In December 1944, an infamous SS tank force leads Hitler's final offensive in the west. This is the story of the Sixth Panzer Army's incredible breakthrough of the American line and subsequent encirclement and defeat.

1x07 The Battle of Normandy

  • 2011-02-16T05:00:00Z — 44 mins

On June 6, 1944, the Allies land on the northern coast of France. This is the story of the 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade as they fight their way inland against a stubborn and ruthless German defence.

1x08 The Battle of Arracourt

  • 2011-02-23T05:00:00Z — 44 mins

By September 1944, Patton's hard-charging Third Army threatens to breech the German border. This is the story of the largest tank-vs-tank clash of the Second World War, as Hitler masses hundreds of panzers in a desperate bid to halt Patton's advance.

In the summer of 1943, Hitler launches a massive armoured offensive in an effort to regain the upper hand on the Eastern Front. This is the story of the formidable Russian defense that stalls a massive panzer onslaught on the Northern shoulder of the Kursk salient.

The Battle of Kursk comes to a climax at the Russian village of Prokhorovka on July 12, 1943. This is the story of the largest tank battle in military history, as elite SS troops face off against Russian defenders determined to stop them whatever the cost.

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