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A Detailed Analysis And Comparison Of The Hardware, Strategy And Tactics Used By The Germans Against Both The British And The Soviets With Whom Germany Had History's Largest Tank Battles With: The 1942 Battle Of El Alamein In North Africa Against The British, And The 1943 Battle Of Kursk Where The Soviet Union Broke The Back Of Their German Invaders (Color, 1991, 55 Minutes) PLUS BONUS TITLE: MANNER GEGEN PANZER (MEN AGAINST TANK), The German Wehrmacht's 1943 Military Instructional Film That Demonstrates The Weapons And Tactics To Be Used German Infantry Against Soviet Tanks (Black/White, 27 MInutes). All Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD Or MP4 Video Download! #TankBattles #Volga #BattleOfElAlamein #BattlesOfElAlamein #BattleOfKursk #Kursk #OperationCitadel #Panzers #Tanks #MechanizedArmor #MechanizedArmour #Blitzkrieg #Wehrmacht #NorthAfricanCampaign #WesternDesertCampaign #AdolfHitler #ArmoredSpearhead #ArmouredSpearhead #PantherTank #TigerTank #TigerI #TigerII #KingTiger #GreatBattles #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #SecondEuropeanWar #EuropeanCivilWar #EuropeanTheaterOfWWII #GreatPatrioticWar #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
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German Tanks In World War II: Nazi Germany developed numerous tank designs used in World War II. In addition to domestic designs, Germany also used various captured and foreign-built tanks. German tanks were an important part of the Wehrmacht and played a fundamental role during the whole war, and especially in the blitzkrieg battle strategy. In the subsequent more troubled and prolonged campaigns, German tanks proved to be adaptable and efficient adversaries to the Allies. When the Allied forces technically managed to surpass the earlier German tanks in battle, they still had to face the experience and skills of the German tank crews and most powerful and technologically advanced later tanks, such as the Panther, the Tiger I and Tiger II, which had the reputation of being fearsome opponents.
British Tanks In World War II: Britain had been the worldwide trend-setter in tank development from 1915, but had lost its leadership position as the Second World War approached. They entered the war unprepared for the very sort of combat its influential theorists such as J.F.C. Fuller and B. H. Liddell Hart had advocated. The British Army had developed two types of tanks: "Infantry Tanks" and "Cruiser Tanks". Infantry Tanks were heavily armoured with good all terrain performance but were slow. This lack of speed was not considered a flaw as they were designed to support infantry assaults on enemy strong points or urban warfare where the ability to outpace a man on foot was deemed unnecessary. Cruiser Tanks were intended for independent maneuvering, rapid breakouts and flanking attacks. Early Cruiser tanks gained performance at a cost in the armour they could carry. Reliability was an important issue especially in the harsh conditions of North Africa and the mountainous terrain of Southern Europe, where the cruiser tanks A10 and A13 in particular were plagued by broken tracks and overheating engines.
Soviet Tanks In World War II: The Soviet Union started and ended the war with more tanks than the rest of the world combined (18,000–22,000). At the start of World War II the most common tank in Soviet service was the T-26 (derived from the Vickers 6-ton), lightly armoured and armed with a 45 mm gun capable of penetrating most German tanks at normal combat ranges. At the beginning of German invasion of the USSR, most of the Soviet Union's tank force was composed of the T-26 and BT tanks series. In 1941, large numbers of T-60s began to appear, reinforced in 1942 with the similar T-70. Both of these light tanks had torsion-bar suspension, light armour, and small engines. By October 1942, the general opinion was that Soviet tanks were among the best in the world, with Life magazine writing that "The best tanks in the world today are probably the Russian tanks...". The T-34 outclassed every German tank in service at the time of its introduction. The T-34 forced the Germans to adopt new, heavier designs such as the Panther and Tiger I, which in turn forced Soviet, American and British tank forces to upgrade their tanks further. German tendency to develop entirely new tanks toward the end of the war, rather than upgrading existing models, reduced the availability of tanks to German tank formations and helped the Red Army gain the initiative on the Eastern Front. In order to deal with improved German tanks, the Soviets upgunned the T-34 in 1943, creating the T-34-85. The Soviets also introduced the 122 mm-armed IS-2 heavy tank, which had heavier armor than the KV while maintaining the same weight. Soviet tank production outstripped all other nations with the exception of the United States. The Soviets accomplished this through standardization on a few designs, generally forgoing minor qualitative improvements and changing designs only when upgrades would result in a major improvement.
There were two Battles Of El Alamein in World War II, both fought in 1942. The Battles occurred in North Africa, in Egypt, in and around an area named after a railway stop called El Alamein: The First Battle Of El Alamein (July 1-27,1942) and The Second Battle of El Alamein (October 23 - November 4, 1942). In addition, the Battle Of Alam El Halfa (August 30 - September 5, 1942) was fought between both battles and in the same location. At the First Battle Of El Alamein, the advance of Axis troops on Alexandria was blunted by the Allies, stopping the German Panzers that were trying to outflank the Allies position. At the Second Battle Of El Alamein, Allied forces broke the Axis line and forced them all the way back to Tunisia. Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister at the time, said of this victory: "Now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." After the war, he wrote: "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat."
The Battle Of Kursk was the largest full-scale battle in history, and history's largest tank battle, the critical Second World War military engagement between Nazi Germany and Soviet forces that broke the back of germany's military on the Eastern Front of World War II. The battle was the final strategic offensive that the Germans were able to launch on the Eastern Front, and it occurred near Kursk (450 kilometres or 280 miles south-west of Moscow) in the Soviet Union, during July and August 1943. Because the Allied invasion of Sicily began during the battle, Adolf Hitler was forced to divert troops training in France to meet the Allied threat in the Mediterranean, rather than using them as a strategic reserve for the Eastern Front. Largely because of this, Hitler canceled the offensive at Kursk after only a week. Germany's extensive losses of men and tanks ensured that the victorious Soviet Red Army enjoyed the strategic initiative for the remainder of the war. The Battle of Kursk was the first time in the Second World War that a German strategic offensive was halted before it could break through enemy defences and penetrate to its strategic depths. Though the Red Army had succeeded in winter offensives previously, their counter-offensives after the German attack at Kursk were their first successful summer offensives of the war.