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Films Any movies about WW2 tanks?

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  1. Gooey_GUI

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    About half way through this episode, there begins one of the biggest secrets of World War II. The story that is told reveals,
    in November of 1940, an encounter between a German surface raider and a civilian mail packet ship, the SS Automedon, which was caring a sensitive secret report to the head of the Far Eastern Command regarding the poor defensive status of GB troops protecting Singapore.

    The report was quite gloomy and pointed out that they had no tanks and air defenses relied upon a small number of outdated Brewster Buffalo planes. This report, captured by the Captain Bernhard Rogge of the Atlantis, was handed over to the Japanese who valued it highly enough to begin plans,, in January 1941, to destroy the American fleet at Pearl Harbor and invade the South Pacific

    Interestingly, the British command assumed the report had been thrown overboard in its weighted canvas bag and did nothing else to counter act the damaging report.

    Emperor Hirohito awarded Captain Rogge an ornate sword which was one of only three given to Japan's allies during WW II. One was to Herman Goering, one was to General Erwin Rommel, and the third to Capt. Rogge.

    German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_auxiliary_cruiser_Atlantis

    SS Automedon
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Automedon


    I can't find any immediately viewable links for this episode, but the entire series is for sale. Here's an American source.

    Secrets of World War II [4 Discs, 26 episodes] [M-Lock Slim Case] [DVD] $27.99
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/secrets...-m-lock-slim-case-dvd/8522501.p?skuId=8522501

    Secrets of World War II

    The Cruise of the Secret Raiders (7.6/10)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1703632/?ref_=ttep_ep26

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    This is a slide show presentation of the subject which shows what the Japanese army used to fight tanks.

    Japanese Anti Tank Weapons of World War II - 第二次世界大戦中の日本の対戦車兵器 (12:06)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i2i8JxeNJ0

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    Although the speaker is a bit glib and the graphics used in the presentation aren't the best, this short video does cover all the Italian and many of the Japanese tank designs of WW2.


    TANKS of World War II (Italy and Japan) (08:03)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvI_crtG1S8


    This is a slide show of numerous abandoned Japanese tanks.

    Abandoned Japanese World War II Tanks ( 昭和天皇 戦車 ) (08:11)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xEAZ_m_ozg
     
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    In this documentary, at the beginning, it points out that Japan had created a standard war plan that included fighting the US navy as early as 1907 - believe it or not.

    The Road to War - JAPAN (49:04)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDv8NxGv9Yg
     
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    Glimpses of American tanks and a Japanese light tank appear during this short documentary that won an Academy Award in 1944.

    With the Marines at Tarawa (1944) - (20:10)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4q4NZH-eVM

    Edit: Before this film was released to the public, it had to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal approval. The marines who fought here wanted their story to be told. They wanted the American public to see that it wasn't a cake walk.
     
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    Critical to Japan's inner defenses, Saipan needed to be taken. This episode covers the largest Japanese tank battle in the Pacific.


    War In The Pacific (1941/1945) 4/8 - Saipan 15th June 1944 (43:15)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gVv2Rq0t_w
     
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    This black and white film has more actual tank combat (during in the first 17 minutes) then anything else posted lately. This focuses on Tinian and Guam which followed Saipan.


    The Battle for the Marianas 1944 Pacific War film (01:06:25)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQUCxbHgnI
     
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    There are some matters dealing briefly with tanks, but this was what began WW II in Europe.

    Hungry for territory, Hitler needs to convince the world he is justified in attacking Poland. SS leaders train and equip recruits to act as Polish soldiers, and attack German facilities along the German-Polish border.

    Added to Reply #33

    Edge of War - Hitler's False Flag ($1.99)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007R9ZMYQ?ref_=imdbref_ttep_mwbr_aiv&tag=imdbtag_ttep_mwbr_aiv-20

    Free clip from Edge of War Hitler's False Flag
    Poland Stands Alone | Edge of War (2:49)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPOTyO1Hej8
     
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    This is a slide show of Polish tanks, tankettes, anti-tank, and self propelled guns that were all they had to fight their part of the war. This is so even though their anti-tank rifles accounted for a large number of German tank loses.


    Added to reply #33

    Polish Tanks -- 1926 to 1939 (11:37)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK0MzY1C7-E

    Not added to reply #33

    Poland WW2 anti-tank rifle Maroszek Kb Ur wz.35 - Polen WW2 Panzerbüchse Maroszek Kb Ur wz.35 (1:18)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_yjbwdZA_M


    Edit: Second sources for Greatest Tank Battles in reply #33 have been added to reply #33
    Edit: Second sources for Patton 360 in reply #42 have been added to reply #42
     
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    After the take over of the Czech republic, the Germans were left with the remains of the Czech tanks and manufacturing industries to keep producing them. The Germans used Czech tanks whenever they could.

    Czech Tanks 1923 to 1945 - World War II Tanks (15:53)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhEL4ak-iUs
     
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    The almost first half of this video covers Romanian armor. It's easy to see how the Russians surrounded Stalingrad with so little armored opposition as the Romanians tried to hold the flank.


    Romanian Tanks and Aircraft of World War I & II (8:37)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kXG76kk1RI
     
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    In this hard to obtain episode of Secrets of the Third Reich it is revealed how General Irwin Rommel
    took advantage of the compromised American black code of diplomatic communications while in North Africa at the same time American Colonel Bonner Fellers, in Cairo between October 1941 and June 1942, was sending out British order of battle information back to Washington, D.C.. He also sent information of resupply convoys heading for Malta that turned out to be very damaging as well.

    Secrets of the Third Reich - Hitler's General (Smithsonian Channel)

    Season 1, Episode 1 : Hitler's General
    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/secrets-of-the-third-reich/hitlers-general/1003323/3399230


    Clip from Secrets of the Third Reich Hitler's General (4:33)
    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/the-nazi-general-who-turned-on-hitler/28731


    Germans access Colonel Bonner Fellers' reports

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonner_Fellers#World_War_II

    In October 1940,[4] Colonel Fellers was assigned as military attaché to the U.S. embassy in Egypt. He was tasked with the duty of monitoring and reporting on British military operations in the Mediterranean and Middle East Theatre. The British granted Fellers access to their activities and information. Fellers dutifully reported everything he learned to his superiors in the United States. His reports were read by President Roosevelt, the head of American intelligence, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Unbeknown to Fellers, Axis intelligence read the reports: within eight hours the most secret data on British “strengths, positions, losses, reinforcements, supply, situation, plans, morale etc” were in the hands of German and Italian military.[5]
     
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    It wasn't all bad about Colonel Bonner Fellers as far as the British were concerned. It was through his efforts, opposing the American Army command, with President Roosevelt, that influenced the president to support the British in North Africa with Operation Torch.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonner_Fellers#British_suspect_a_leak_from_Egypt

    Despite the above, Fellers and his reports proved instrumental in bringing American supplies and troops to aid the British in North Africa. Throughout his tenure in North Africa, Fellers advocated for increased American support for the British in North Africa. This included both weapons and a commitment of American troops. This was at odds with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. European Command as to the level of weapons support and an American troop landing. The military policy at the time was that saving the British in North Africa was not strategically required, especially not through a North Africa invasion (code named Operation Torch), as that would divert focus from the then-operative Operation Bolero plan for an early European invasion.

    President Roosevelt admired Fellers' reports and was influenced by them enough so that on June 29 General Marshall wrote the President that "Fellers is a very valuable observer but his responsibilities are not those of a strategist and his views are in opposition to mine and those of the entire Operations Division."[15] Nevertheless, the President invited Fellers to the White House upon his return from Cairo, and they met on July 30, 1942. "Consistent with his previous reporting through 1942, Fellers argued for robust and expeditious reinforcement of British forces in the Middle East.”[16] Ironically, despite Fellers' blunt criticism, his analysis of the Middle East's strategic importance was instrumental in Roosevelt's decisions to reinforce Britain's 8th Army and support Operation Torch.
     
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    British Pathe newsreel of the second battle of El Alamein and its aftermath.

    The Great Offensive (1942) (7:25)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVzOpcxygjU

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    The reason there was the bombing after Rommel retreated was that Montgomery was not pursuing with the 8th Army. It was the only way to maintain pressure while Monte gathered his forces for the eventual pursuit back to Libya and Tunisia.
     
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    Of long duration - the Russian WW2 tanks don't start until the 7 minute mark, but some of the early designs were interesting.

    Russian Monster Tanks 1911 to 1945 ( Russian Heavy Tanks ) (24:56)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKHq70qVtLI
     
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