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  • Actors: N, a
  • Directors: Discovery
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055HK6V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Greatest Tank Battles is an action-packed 10-part series that brings to life the most gripping and monumental tank battles ever fought… Filmed on battlefields across the world, and using stunning, ultra-realistic CGI animation and eyewitness accounts, this new original series puts viewers in the heat of the battles.

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.

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.

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.

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 defense.

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 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 in July 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.

Customer Reviews

This is a fascinating dvd set.
War Movie Fan
I am also pleased that someone can somewhat bring to life battles that I had to envision in my head before, without knowing exactly what the terrain looked like, etc.
Olddesertguy
The tank battle simulations are great, the interviews are great, and the researching of the historical context and military tactics are great.
M'dizzle

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Neo Noircat on November 7, 2011
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When CGI came around, it was impressive to see space battles and giant alien robots, but what really thrilled me were movies that recreated history in a way not possible until this new technology. With grim scale, ENEMY AT THE GATE showed us the Battle of Stalingrad. Hokey as it may be, even Michael Bay's PEARL HARBOR delivered a view of World War II unimaginable to the epic filmmakers of the 1960, who had to shoot THE LONGEST DAY, THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, or A BRIDGE TOO FAR on a grand scale, with casts of thousands and every refurbished airplane, tank and half track they could gather together (and repaint) from Spain and Eastern Europe.

GREATEST TANK BATTLES, a Canadian production that mimics the DOGFIGHTS series, shows us another brilliant use for computer generated imagery. As informative and nearly as exciting as a video game, GREATEST TANK BATTLES delivers stories of armored combat told by the participants and recreated with amazingly impressive CGI. The First Gulf War is covered, along with the Arab-Israel conflict, but most of the action occurs during World War II and is told from both sides of the European front, by former US, Canadian, Russian, and German soldiers in their onw vivid words.

Highly recommended, and the best tank fighting you will ever see--until Michael Bay decides to remake THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, anyway.

2013 ADDENDEM: Why, oh why has Season Two of this tremendous show not been released on DVD??? That's a crime!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kanenberg on November 19, 2011
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The first reviewer totally nails how CGI makes this documentary so good and I agree with him 100%. It takes info many of us WWII history buffs already know about tanks & battles and 'fills in the gaps' that exisisting film of the events can't provide. If you are a fan of Military History--you will love this DVD!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on January 29, 2012
I don't know what the one star reviewer is complaining about. In fact the battles depicted in this series are accurate. The complaints about the effects are a waste of time too. This is a canadian show that is also shown on the Military Channel and they don't have the budget for supergreat effects. One could complain about the bloodless nature of the show. The do show real pictures of dead bodies and burning tanks. But in the recreated scenes you don't see humans at all. Which wasn't the case mostly. So this is a cleaned up version of the battles. However it really does give you a idea of the terrible battles that people have gone through! It's engaging and awesome in spite of the fact that it's cgi. It also includes interviews from people who were actually at these battles. I would say that anyone interested in tanks or military history should be pleased with this series. I hope they make a series 3 , at this point there is only 20 episodes. If you don't expect top notch cgi and know what you are getting this one is well worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Olddesertguy on April 4, 2012
First off, I'm glad someone made this series, but they could have made it better. The most glaring thing is the music is way too loud. They are trying to have music, battle sounds and interviews with veterans all going at the same time, and the music drowns out everything. In my opinion they shouldn't even have music while the guy is talking. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, it's kind of weird with no humans at all in the recreated scenes. Third, sometimes their scale is way off, with what should be 300 yards seeming more like 25. One other thing, it gets kind of irritating when they repeat things as if you forgot what they just said five minutes ago. This may have to do with my watching it on the Military Channel. They repeat what they just showed you after every commercial break. I don't know if this is present in the DVD series, but it seems like they are trying to stretch an extra fifteen minutes into the program. That said, they did a good job with the graphics and I found the interviews with the veterans very interesting. I am also pleased that someone can somewhat bring to life battles that I had to envision in my head before, without knowing exactly what the terrain looked like, etc. I highly recommend this series, but it does have its faults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Glenn W. Briggs on July 7, 2013
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For collectors of war films, and especially for those who study military history and strategy, this collection is a "must have." While it is interesting and often exciting to watch war films that sometimes include an overabundance of fictitious drama, such is not the case here. The animation of these tragic and incredibly destructive events is extraordinary, and often shows the "tragedy and destruction" through the eyes of those who participated in the battles. I am sure that many members of "Our Greatest Generation" who actually participated in the conflicts own the series. This is definitely a good investment for those viewers who like both the drama and reality of "how battle really is."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Hessig on November 23, 2012
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I love this series and can't wait for Season 2 to come out on DVD as well. The battles give map views, units involved and numbers, and brief summary of what led up to the battle. Yes there are some errors in the CGI films in terms of the tanks' details but they are still entertaining and give a good sense of what took place during the battles. The many veteran clips from all the different armies are a huge plus to give the individual soldier and personal perspective. After watching clips I found on youtube, I was sold on getting the DVD!
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