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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.
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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!
For one thing, the commercial break sequences are still in. I question the need to sum up what happened during the segment before the break in such detail when IT WAS ONLY FIVE MINUTES AGO. We're not talking about something we saw last week. But if that's not bad enough, why leave it in the collected series version? The effect is a virtual repeat of what was on the screen only a minute ago. You constantly feel as if you are having an attack of deja vu. Couldn't the producers have edited the cuts out so it would be a smoother product? I especially think that the two Kursk episodes could have been combined into one slightly longer episode which would have done a much better job of telling the story.
Also, once you start watching you realize that it has been very sanitized. There are rarely any people portrayed, dead of otherwise. This is especially bizarre in the case of antitank guns, whose crews would have been VERY visible. I'm not saying actually show a tank commander get decapitated, but certainly there would be bodies around destroyed artillery pieces. CGI has problems with highly dynamic events, such as fires and explosions which sometimes distracts.
Overall though, a good product. If you just view CGI as an illustration tool and not necessarily the feature itself it is very eye-opening.
Why, oh why, are seasons 2 and 3 not available as DVD's???
I (and several other people I've spoken with) would much prefer to watch these videos via their HT systems which are not set up for streaming. Yeah, I know that's a personal choice, but watching these via a PC instead of a 60" HD television with mega-watt amps and sub-woofers simply isn't the same.
Makes me wonder how much money the producers and Amazon are losing by not making these additional seasons available as DVDs.