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99,104.  Tanks come in two forms: the dangerous, deadly kind and the ‘liberating’ kind.  Robert Fisk

 

 

97,939.  There’s going to be a robbery [tanks] …  (Gangstas & Robbery & Tanks)  Peaky Blinders s3e4, brothers in forest

 

 

93,799.  Tank: this was a wonder-weapon which would give hope and pride to the British people in the absence of success in the field.  (World War I & Tanks)  Tony Robinson’s World War I s1e3

 

 

93,860.  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.  (World War I & Tank)  WWI: The First Modern War: Armoured Beasts s1e1

 

93,861.  The tanks had achieved what was once thought impossible.  (World War I & Tank)  ibid.

 

93,862.  Germany developed tanks with improved speed, range and radio communications, and put them at the centre of their new battle-plan – Blitzkrieg.  (World War I & Tank)  ibid.

 

 

26,995.  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.  (World War II & Tank)  The War in Europe, Movies4men 2013, Classic Media

 

 

97,967.  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 I, Discovery History 2016

 

1,091.  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.

 

6,339.  The duel-turret idea was a failure … It was impossible to coordinate the guns.  ibid.   

 

6,361.  British tank design lagged behind the Germans’.  ibid.

 

97,968.  The Panther made its debut at the battle of Kursk before being really proven … Engine fires were commonplace.  ibid.

 

97,969.  It [Panther] was a far better vehicle than the T-34.  ibid.

 

97,970.  The Sherman – this was the main battle tank of the Allies … It was available in huge numbers.  ibid.

 

 

97,971.  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

 

97,972.  Czech Hetzer … a highly effective 76-millimetre gun coupled with good sloping armour, excellent mobility and a very low silhouette.  ibid.

 

 

97,988.  German factories produced an outstanding variety of armoured fighting vehicles in an incredibly short period of time.  Tanks III: Sturmartillarie (Self-Propelled Guns)

 

97,989.  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.

 

97,990.  The only major drawback of these self-propelled guns was the lack of storage space.  ibid.

 

 

97,991.  This [Barbarossa] was 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

 

 

97,992.  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

 

97,993.  The Germans discovered there was one environment in which tanks should never be deployed – the built-up areas of towns and cities.  ibid.

 

 

97,994.  Hitler had a stroke of luck – when Germany annexed Bohemia and Moravia in 1938 it was found that the tanks produced Czechoslovakia by Skoda & CKD were available in sufficient numbers to bolster the numbers of the Panza divisions.  Tanks VI: Blueprint for Victory

 

 

97,998.  Panza I: It’s not the great juggernaut of legend; it’s a very small machine.  Tanks s2e1: Fall of France, Bob Carruthers 

 

 

98,004.  ‘It would have been a very claustrophobic world, of heat and noise and sweat.’  Tanks s2e2: Tigers in the Desert 

    

8,964.  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.  

 

93,034.  Despite the limitations of his armour, Rommel’s conduct of battle was bold and resourceful.  ibid.

 

 

98,005.  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

 

 

98,006.  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

 

98,007.  He [Hitler] believed that a new generation of Panzas would win the War.  ibid.

 

 

98,018.  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

 

 

98,019.  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 

 

 

26,617.  Rommel not only had the edge on the British in tanks and equipment he also enjoyed the confidence of his political chief Hitler.  (World War II & Tank)  The World at War: Desert 8/26

 

 

26,630.  The Afrika Korps was far too well equipped and experienced for the lightly armoured and under-powered American tanks.  (World War II & Tanks)  The World at War: Tough Old Gut 13/26

 

 

93,998.  The Tiger Tank was absolutely awesome.  (World War II & Tank)  James Holland, Normandy ’44: The Battle Beyond D-Day BBC 2014

 

 

64,878.  One of the biggest tank battles in history.  (Battle & Middle East & Tanks)  Peter & Dan Snow, 20th Century Battlefields: Middle East 6/8, BBC 2013

 

 

98,097.  From north Africa to the Russian front tanks ruled the battlefield.  Mark Urban, Tankies: Tank Heroes of World War II, BBC 2016

 

98,098.  The A13 – a tank that embodies everything that was worst about British inter-war armoured vehicle design … A deathtrap to the men of the Fifth.  ibid.

 

98,099.  On 22th July the Fifth tanks received some new American-made armour … The Honey.  ibid.

 

 

66,915.  The desert rats became celebrated heroes and the 5th Tanks returned to Britain expecting a well-earned rest … A new fight … The 5th Tanks were now going to spearhead the invasion of Europe – D Day.  Mark Urban, Tankies: Tank Heroes of World War II

 

 

97,765.  The Romans also created a mobile and deadly armoured weapon likened to the tank.  (Engineering & Civilisation & Rome & Tank)  Ancient Impossible: Roman Empire s1e8

 

 

98,720.  Hitler’s tank divisions shocked the world with their overwelming mobility, armour and firepower as they carved up the continent for the Axis Forces.  Killer Tanks: Fighting the Iron Fist I: Churchill Tank: Britain Fights Back, Discovery History 2016

 

98,721.  In 1942 Britain unveiled its new weapon of war ... the Churchill tank.  ibid.  

 

98,724.  Matilda II: Queen of the Battlefield: ‘Matilda II was an enormous advance on Matilda I.’  ibid.

 

98,728.  The Churchill: Britain fights back ... The Black Prince: ‘It was decided to build a super-Churchill.’  ibid.  

 

 

98,762.  In the First World World War Britain pioneered the use of an important weapon – the tank.  Nothing like it had ever been seen on the battlefield before.  In 1918 it helped the British armies in France to crush the Germans.  Killer Tanks: Fighting the Iron Fist II: Cromwell Tank: A British Heavyweight

 

98,763.  A merciless Panzer thrust in France ... it forced the British to flee the continent, leaving its tanks on the beach at Dunkirk.  ibid.

 

98,764.  The Cromwell: a British heavyweight.  ibid. 

 

98,765.  The first Cruiser – the A9: manned by a crew of six ... a 2-pounder gun, 3 x 7.65 Vickers machine guns and a 3-inch Howitzer ... 25 miles per hour ... By 1939 models were being delivered ... the supply problems that had dogged the A-9’s development were far from over.  ibid.    

 

98,766.  Russia: the outstanding off-road performance of the Russian BT tanks that incorporated a suspension system designed by the American inventor J Walter Christie.  ibid.  

 

98,767.  Desert Predator – the Crusader: the first models of the A-15 Crusader tank were leaving the production line: five-man crew, it mounted a 2-pounder gun, 2 x 7.92 mm Besa machine guns, the Crusader’s armour was up to 40 mm thick.  ibid.   

 

98,768.  The Germans simply knew how to use their tanks to devastating effect.  ibid.    

 

98,769  So in May 1943 production of the Cromwell was transferred to Leyland motors: 5-man crew, it mounted a 6-pounder gun, 3 v 7.92 mm Vesa Besa machine guns, and another 75 mm gun, its armour was up to 76 mm thick ... a top road speed of 40 miles per hour.   ibid. 

 

98,770.  Last of the Cruisers – the Comet ... ‘it was a little bit too late to have an impact.’  ibid.

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