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Perhaps the most widely and effectively used decoys were fake tanks. Secrets of War s1e9: Tools of Deception, History 1998
Czechoslovakia: But for the time being the dreams were not fulfilled. After three months of dizzy optimism the Russian tanks rolled across to the border to suppress what had been a defiant challenge to the Soviet grip on eastern Europe. Vive la Revolution! Joan Bakewell on May 1968, BBC 2018
You can see old people standing around with tanks and trying to explain to these young boys, these soldiers, that no-one wants them here in Czechoslovakia. Female witness to Soviet invasion
Czechoslovakia: Then the tanks arrived. It was a shock. Nobody could believe it. Vera Caslavska
Tanks come in two forms: the dangerous, deadly kind and the ‘liberating’ kind. Robert Fisk
Just like horses, tanks needed feeding. Saul David, Bullets, Boots and Bandages: How to Really Win at War II: Stealing a March, BBC 2012
There’s going to be a robbery [tanks] … Peaky Blinders s3e4, brothers in forest, BBC 2016
Tank: This was a wonder-weapon which would give hope and pride to the British people in the absence of success in the field. Tony Robinson’s World War I s1e3, Discovery 2014
Tank after tank got stuck in the craters. The attack was falling apart fast ... In their first battle seventeen of the twenty-five tanks were destroyed or broke down in no-man’s land. WWI: The First Modern War s1e1: Armoured Beasts, History 2014
The tanks had achieved what was once thought impossible. ibid.
Germany developed tanks with improved speed, range and radio communications, and put them at the centre of their new battle-plan – Blitzkrieg. ibid.
In the autumn of 1916, during the First World War, Germany began the construction of a major defence line ... The Hindenburg Line. At the same time, however, the British and the French were both developing a new weapon, one which could easily breach Germany’s line of defence – the tank. The War in Europe, Movies4men 2013
In the space of three short years German tank technology progressed from the lightweight and inefficient Panza 1 to the mighty Panza 6 – The Tiger – the most complete fighting vehicle of the war. Tanks I: Steel Tigers, Discovery History 2016
Faced with the armour of a tank, explosive power alone is of little value. To destroy a tank it is necessary to fire a shell fast enough to penetrate the hull and kill the men inside. ibid.
The dual-turret idea was a failure … It was impossible to coordinate the guns. ibid.
‘British tank design lagged behind the Germans’. ibid.
The Panther made its debut at the battle of Kursk before being really proven … Engine fires were commonplace. ibid.
It [Panther] was a far better vehicle than the T-34. ibid.
The Sherman – this was the main battle tank of the Allies … It was available in huge numbers. ibid.
The Sturm Tiger was equipped with a rocket launcher of ferocious attacking force. It was designed to attack even the strongest fortification. Tanks II: Sturmgeschutze
Czech Hetzer … a highly effective 76-millimetre gun coupled with good sloping armour, excellent mobility and a very low silhouette. ibid.
German factories produced an outstanding variety of armoured fighting vehicles in an incredibly short period of time. Tanks III: Sturmartillarie (Self-Propelled Guns)
Neither the Panza 1 nor the Panza 2 chassis could really deal with the requirement of the heavy fifteen-centimetre gun for which they were being adapted to carry. ibid.
The only major drawback of these self-propelled guns was the lack of storage space. ibid.
This [Barbarossa] was [Michael] Wittmann’s first striking success. And the incident provided the first signs of his supreme talent as commander of an armoured fighting vehicle. Tanks IV: The Aces
Once the tank was battened down, the crew had only a very limited view of the outside world. With their diesel engines roaring and weapons firing, the heat generated inside the tanks was oppressive. In battle, the noise, the smell of sweat, smoke, fear and cordite could only be imagined. Tanks V: On Campaign
The Germans discovered there was one environment in which tanks should never be deployed – the built-up areas of towns and cities. ibid.
Hitler had a stroke of luck – when Germany annexed Bohemia and Moravia in 1938 it was found that the tanks produced in Czechoslovakia by Skoda & CKD were available in sufficient numbers to bolster the numbers of the Panza divisions. Tanks VI: Blueprint for Victory
‘Panza I: It’s not the great juggernaut of legend; it’s a very small machine.’ Tanks s2e1: Fall of France, Bob Carruthers
‘It would have been a very claustrophobic world, of heat and noise and sweat.’ Tanks s2e2: Tigers in the Desert
While the Matilda took on the job of supporting the infantry the armoured punch of the British tank brigade was provided by the Crusader tanks. ibid.
Despite the limitations of his armour, Rommel’s conduct of battle was bold and resourceful. ibid.
Tactical ineffectiveness, obsolete models and widespread disrepair tipped the advantage overwhelmingly in favour of Germany during the first stages of the conflict. Tanks s2e3: Barbarossa
The battles that took place on the Russian front during World War II were amongst the most ferocious and destructive engagements ever fought. Tanks s2e4: Battle of Kursk
He [Hitler] believed that a new generation of Panzas would win the War. ibid.
These images of the knocked-out Churchill tanks proved to be a great propaganda coup for the Germans … The Dieppe raid did provide a great deal of valuable experience for the Allies which would be put to use in the D-Day landings two years later. Tanks s2e5
One last great offensive. In the winter of 1944 Hitler launched his surprise offensive in the Ardennes region of Belgium. For this offensive a quarter of a million men and over one thousand tanks and armoured vehicles had somehow been assembled. Tanks s2e6
Rommel not only had the edge on the British in tanks and equipment he also enjoyed the confidence of his political chief, Hitler. The World at War 8/26: Desert, ITV 1973
The Afrika Korps was far too well equipped and experienced for the lightly armoured and under-powered American tanks. The World at War 13/26: Tough Old Gut
The most feared was the Tiger tank … It’s enormous … If a Tiger broke through, the damage could be considerable. James Holland, Normandy ’44: The Battle Beyond D-Day, BBC 2019
The Tiger Tank was absolutely awesome. ibid.
The power of the Panzers … I’ll uncover the truth behind Hitler’s fearsome Panzer army, and reveal the Nazi’s passion for over-engineering … This wasn’t just tanks but a massive formation of motorised infantry, artillery and reconnaissance vehicles. For Adolf Hitler the Panzer division was his key to victory. James Holland, Nazi War Machines: Secrets Uncovered II: The Panzers, Channel 4 2019
The German army could adapt and come up with some ingenious solutions … by using all the materials they had available. ibid.
His propaganda machine … The next generation of Panzers would be altogether much bigger and more powerful and most definitely designed and built in Germany. ibid.