Greatest Tank Battles

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Greatest Tank Battles
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Genre Documentary
War
Starring Robin Ward (narrator)
Composer(s) Richard Pell
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20
Production
Executive producer(s) Jack Smith
Producer(s) Ira Levy
Peter Williamson
Production company(s) Breakthrough Entertainment
Canwest
Broadcast
Original channel History Television (Canada)
Military Channel (US)
Original run 4 January 2010 – present
External links
Website

Greatest Tank Battles is a military documentary series currently airing on History Television and National Geographic Channel in Canada, where it premiered on 4 January 2010. The series was subsequently picked up in the United States by the Military Channel, where it premiered on 5 January 2011. The second season premiered in Canada on 17 January 2011.[1] The show is also broadcast on Discovery Networks throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.[2] Other countries where the show has signed broadcast deals include India (Fox International Channels) and China (LIC Beijing), with a DVD deal in Australia (Beyond Distribution).[3]

Presentation[edit]

The battles in each episode are illustrated through a combination of 3D CGI reenactments, and when possible includes interviews with participants from both sides of the battle. Military historians and other experts provide analysis of the tactics employed and the battlefield decisions made. Detailed statistics on the equipment and vehicles used are also presented, along with background information on the historical circumstances leading to the featured battle, and its aftermath.[4][5]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Original airdate (Canada) Original airdate (US)
1 "The Battle of 73 Easting" 4 January 2010 (2010-01-04)[6] 5 January 2011[5]
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.
2 "The October War: Battle for the Golan Heights" 11 January 2010 (2010-01-11) 12 January 2011
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.
3 "The Battle of El Alamein" 18 January 2010 (2010-01-18) 19 January 2011
In 1942, Rommel's 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.
4 "The Battle of the Bulge: Race to Bastogne" 25 January 2010 (2010-01-25) 26 January 2011
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.
5 "The Battle for the Hochwald Gap" 1 February 2010 (2010-02-01) 2 February 2011
In February 1945, the First Canadian Army launches 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.
6 "The Battle of the Bulge: SS Panzers Attack!" 8 February 2010 (2010-02-08) 9 February 2011
In December 1944, an infamous SS tank force leads Hitler's final offensive in the west. This is the story of the 6th Panzer Army's incredible breakthrough of the American line and subsequent encirclement and defeat.
7 "The Battle of Normandy" 15 February 2010 (2010-02-15) 16 February 2011
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.
8 "The Battle of Arracourt" 22 February 2010 (2010-02-22) 13 February 2011
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 Western Front, as Hitler masses hundreds of panzers in a desperate bid to halt Patton's advance.
9 "The Battle of Kursk: Northern Front" 1 March 2010 (2010-03-01) 2 March 2011
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.
10 "The Battle of Kursk: Southern Front" 8 March 2010 (2010-03-08) 9 March 2011
The Battle of Kursk comes to a climax at the Battle 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.

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Original airdate (Canada) Original airdate (US)
1 "Tank Battles of the Great War" 17 January 2011 (2011-01-17)[1] 1 February 2012
In 1916 the British debut a new mobile weapon, hoping to break the long bloody stalemate on the Western Front. This is the story of the first tanks and how they change the face of the modern battlefield forever
2 "Tank Battles of Korea" 24 January 2011 (2011-01-24) 18 January 2012
In 1950 the world is caught off guard as North Korea launches a massive armoured assault into South Korea. This is the story of the American tankers who rush to the aid of the South and the bloody battles they fight up and down the Korean Peninsula.
3 "The Battle of France" 31 January 2011 (2011-01-31) 11 January 2012
At the outset of World War II, the Germans pioneer a new form of mobile armoured warfare. This is the story of the famed Nazi Blitzkrieg, as thousands of panzers burst through terrain thought impassible to conquer Western Europe in a matter of weeks.
4 "The Six Day War: Battle for the Sinai" 7 February 2011 (2011-02-07) 7 March 2012
In 1967, in response to a growing threat by her Arab neighbours, Israel launches a pre-emptive strike against Egypt in the Sinai. This is the story of one of the swiftest and most dramatic victories in modern warfare.
5 "The Battle for the Baltics" 14 February 2011 (2011-02-14) 22 February 2012
By 1944, the Soviets have turned the tide of war in the East and are pursuing the Nazi army back through the Baltic States. This is the story of the German tankers who continue to fight and win the battles even though they cannot win the war.
6 "The Battle of Stalingrad" 21 February 2011 (2011-02-21) 29 February 2012
By late 1942, the German offensive on the Eastern Front begins to stall and the Soviets make their stand in the city of Stalingrad. This is the story of the most infamous battle in history, as an entire German army is lost and the course of the war forever changed.
7 "Tank Ace: Ludwig Bauer" 28 February 2011 (2011-02-28) 15 February 2012
After the success of the Blitzkrieg, men across Germany flocked to the armoured corps in search of glory. This is the story of one German tanker as he comes face to face with the harsh realities of armoured warfare. Highly decorated Ludwig Bauer fought in several of WWII's greatest tank battles.
8 "The October War: Battle for the Sinai" 7 March 2011 (2011-03-07) 14 March 2012

Eager to regain territory lost six years earlier, Egypt launches a surprise attack against Israel in October 1973.

This is the story of the final Arab-Israeli war in the Sinai, where both sides enjoy remarkable success, suffer stunning defeat, and gain – most importantly – lasting peace.
9 "The Battle of Tunisia" 14 March 2011 (2011-03-14) 25 January 2012
By 1942, Rommel's Afrika Corps has been pushed back to Tunisia and the brash new US tank force lands in North Africa. This is the story of the final North African battles as two of history's most famed tank commanders - Patton and Rommel - go head to head.
10 "Tank Battles of Italy" 21 March 2011 (2011-03-21) 8 February 2012
In 1943, tanks of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps make their combat debut on the European mainland. This is the story of the Canadian tankers who fight their way up the Italian peninsula in the push to liberate Rome from Nazi occupation.

In other media[edit]

Greatest Tank Battles has been adapted as an iPhone app.[7]

Reception[edit]

The Canadian series premiere which aired at 8 pm ET/PT had 348,000 viewers with 178,000 viewers in the A25–54 demographic and 147,000 viewers in the A18–49 category.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Things are about to heat up on History Television". Shaw Media press release. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Kelly (12 May 2009). "Breakthrough signs broadcast deals for ‘Greatest Tank Battles'". 
  3. ^ Brzoznowski, Kristin (28 March 2011). "Breakthrough Programming Sells Across the Asia Pacific". Worldscreen.com. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "The GREATEST TANK BATTLES are Brought to Life in Military Channel's Newest Series, Premiering January 5". PR Newswire. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Wertz, Jay. "‘Greatest Tank Battles’ on Military Channel – Review". Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Ratings: Greatest Tank Battle on History Television". /www.tv-eh.com. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Greatest Tank Battles". iTunes Preview. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 

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