British Tanks Of The Second World War - Second World War

British Tanks Of The Second World War
OVER 2 HOURS IN LENGTH - British Tanks Of The Second World War is the definitive archive film documentary tracing the development of British Tanks from the Tog 1 at the outset of war to the Comet at the end of hostilities through a never ending cycle of improvements to meet the joint challenges of firepower, manoeuvrability and crew protection.

The Germans started World War Two with the deadly advantage of having developed a formidable Panzer Force both in terms of their tanks' mechanical superiority and the integrated Panzer Divisions preparations for their deployment. The British tanks by contrast were basic, unimaginative throwbacks to the crude designs of the Great War.

Tanks were needed to smash through defences and enemy lines, to destroy gun positions and to isolate and paralyse the enemy in minimal time. As the war progressed relentlessly across Northern Europe British Tanks met the challenge of the heavier German Tanks by successfully mating the 17 Pdr Gun to the Sherman Tank creating the tank destroying Firefly. Other adaptations to tanks included the ability to 'swim' and lay bridges - helping to maintain the flow of armour into the heart of the Reich.

British Tanks Of The Second World War is the fascinating story of the design triumphs and adaptations that turned around the mismanagement, underproduction and technical inferiority of British tanks at the beginning of the war into a fearsome strike force that outfought the Panzer divisions and paved the way for Victory!

Beach Obstacles (1943, 31 minutes) - A fascinating silent film illustrating the many ways adapted tanks can be employed to overcome passive beach defences - walls, wire-filled gullies, concrete 'egg' obstacles, steel tubes etc. Includes images of Churchill tanks with 'Carpet'laying equipment enabling troops to cross areas of densely packed barbed wire and customised Convenanter and Matilda with a variety of explosive charges.

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Food Convoy (1940) / Food From The Empire (1940) / Choose Cheese (1940) / Wisdom Of The Wild (1940) / Fighting Fields (1941) / Piping Hot (1941) / Dig For Victory (1941) / How To Dig (1941) / Emergency Cooking Stoves (1941) / Queen's Messengers (1941) / Canteen On Wheels (1941) / Eating Out With Tommy Trinder (1941) / Sowing And Picking (1941) / Filling The Gap (1942) / Making A Compost Heap (1942) / The Great Harvest (1942) / Twelve Days (1942) / The Harvest Shall Come (1942) / Willing Hands (1944) / Rationing In Britain (1944) / Bonus Feature - The Soldiers Food - Parts One, Two And Three (1941) / Bonus Feature - Field Butchery - Mutton / (1944) / Bonus Feature - Field Butchery - Bacon (1944) / Bonus Feature - Cookers In The Field (1942) / Bonus Feature - Food Related Wartime Public / Information Films / Bonus Feature - Food Flashes
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CONCORDE (1976, 21mins, directed by Arnold L. Miller)
A celebration of Concorde in the year it entered commercial service. This film shows Concorde in its early British Airways livery at Heathrow. We also get an insight into the construction process through scenes at the British Aircraft Corporation factories in Weybridge and Filton, and the unbelievably rigorous developmental testing procedures of the airframe at Farnborough, including the C.A.A. certification for rain. At Fairford we see the latest production Concorde undergoing testing, and shots of early Concorde flight simulators, with a voice-over by John Cochrane. We see the pre-production Concorde 001 and the final shots of 002 at Fairford before its final flight to the Fleet Air Arm Museum where it remains as an exhibit to this day.

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'The most beautiful aircraft ever to evolve from the mind of man'. Another film celebration of Concorde covering an early return proving flight from London Heathrow to Gander in Newfoundland, with an emphasis on the superb in-flight service and the 'Concorde experience' of the customer at 55,000 feet, flying at Mach 2 - twice the speed of sound. The success of the flight was a pre-cursor to a presentation of the CAA's certificate of airworthiness and the celebrations surrounding the inaugural commercial flight to Bahrain on 21st January 1976 - the 'Day Of The Concorde'.

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CLIP FROM 'TEST PILOT'
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IMAGE GALLERY
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PDF MATERIAL
London Television Service press releases and '24 Hour World' Concorde blueprint brochure.

Catalogue Number: SN6655
Classification: Exempt
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour
Subtitles: None
Time: 85 mins Approx
Barcode: 5027626665548
Number of Discs: 1
Sound: Mono / English
Region: 0 PAL

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Luftwaffe Bombers and Fighters of World War Two
Contains TWO Episodes: Luftwaffe Bombers and Luftwaffe Fighters of World War Two.

Hitler's Luftwaffe seemed invincible in the 1930s with its 'rehearsal' in the Spanish Civil War, and its Blitzkrieg tactics used in overrunning the bulk of Europe at the beginning of the Second World War. German Luftwaffe Bombers with names such as Junkers, Heinkel and Dornier brought fear to the hearts and minds of the civilized world.

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- A section on the Dornier Do 17 and Do 217 completes this exceptional look at one of the most feared bomber forces in military history.

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- The vaults of The Imperial War Museum have also provided stunning footage of a captured Fw 190 in the hands of the RAF.

Special Feature

- Quizcraft (1942, 9 mins): World War Two Aircraft Recognition Training Quiz.

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Time: 136 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Stereo / English
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626651041

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Luftwaffe Jets, Rockets and Secret Weapons of World War Two
UNFORTUNATELY THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK. Cherry Red Records apologises for the unavailability of this album, however if you would like to be notified when it is on sale again then please email matti@cherryred.co.uk. Thanks.

Contains TWO Episodes: Jets and Rockets and Secret Weapons.

Luftwaffe Jets of World War Two traces the evolution of the early jet engines to the Heinkel He 178 which first flew as early as 1939; the British Gloster experimental jet did not fly until as late as 1941. The German Luftwaffe was the first air force to boast operational jet fighters. 'Project 1065' from Messerschmitt started in 1938 and developed into the first operational jet, the Me 262. In 1943, German fighter ace Adolf Galland flew the Me 262, claiming that it was as if 'an angel' were pushing him. From this early start, the Arado Ar 234 Blitz or 'Lightning' became the world's first Jet bomber.

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Special Features

- Oberth's High Altitude Rocket (2 mins)
- Wasserfall Archive Featurette (2 mins)
- The X-4 Air-to-Air Rocket (2 mins)
- The Hs 298 Air-to-Air Missile (1 min)
- Missiles, the Technological Breakthrough - the history of American rocketry right up to the 1980s (17 mins)

Catalogue Number: SN6515
Time: 133 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Stereo / English
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626651546

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Royal Navy Annual News Reviews 1967-1971 Scranbag
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- The launch of HMS Resolution.
- The Navy's first three Phantom aircraft from the U.S.
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- Brand new Polaris submarines.
- The withdrawal from Aden.
- The Navy bombing the Torrey Canyon.
- Stunning close-ups of Wessex helicopters over Tower Bridge.
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- The Royal Navy team on the Cresta Run.
- Sea King helicopter testing.
- The first Harrier deck landings in 1969.
- Prince Charles joining up in 1971.

Catalogue Number: SN6505
Time: 122 mins approx
Region: 0 / PAL
Subtitles: None
Sound: Mono / English
Picture: 1.33:1 / Colour / Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: E
Barcode: 5027626650549

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The Battle Of Ypres
1925. Released in its entirety for the first time ever, Battle Of Ypres is the original 1925 British Instructional Films documentary re-enacting key scenes from the notorious Battle Of Ypres in the actual battle trenches. The lengthy campaign was largely a murderous stalemate that perfectly demonstrated the horror and futility of war. A massive 1.7 million soldiers died in the attempt to capture the Belgian town and its environs over the length of a four year campaign. The first, second, third and fourth battles of Ypres are all covered as are the key positions of Mesen, Hill 60 and the Passchendaele Ridge - the scene of prolonged and terrible carnage over a mere 900 metres of land. A follow-up to the best-selling DVD The Battle Of The Somme (1916), as a representation of war Battle Of Ypres was not without its controversy; it arguably distorted the grimmer realities of conflict – the trenchfoot, the maiming and death - into a noble recount of the superiority of the Allies. But, even in this light, Battle Of Ypres gives us a unique historical reading of one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the First World War.

The original silent documentary has had an all new soundtrack created from digitally enhanced recordings of the period as well as the addition of evocative sound effects. The release comes with two complimentary DVD Bonus Features :- Ypres The Shell Shattered City Of Flanders, 1918 (16 mins) Shots of the remnants of discernible landmarks amidst the rubbled ruins of Ypres and the ridges to theNorth and East of the town. Includes the main square and its Cloth Hall, St. Martin's Cathedral, The ChurchOf Saint Jacques and Shrapnel Corner. Remembrance Day, Ypres 1922 (2 mins)
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