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TANKFEST
Tankfest is the world's biggest display of armour in action and this is The Tank Museum's official DVD of the event. Uniquely, this documentary takes you behind the scenes to meet drivers and crew as they prepare for the show and talk about the challenges of driving these historic machines. Special features include new footage of the only Tiger 1 still running in the world; the Panzer III; the pre-war Vickers Medium and the Swedish Stridsvagn M40. All the main tanks used by the British Armed Forces in World War 2 are featured - Matilda, Churchill, Valentine, Crusader, Sherman, Comet - along with scout cars and armoured cars. Post-war tanks like Centurion and Chieftain also feature, along with an impressive display by the Modern Army with Challenger 2 and Warrior - and many more.
Main feature: 55mins. Widescreen.
Available in PAL and NTSC.



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SAVING THE TIGER:
"The Story of Tiger 131"

The story of the restoration of the only operational Tiger tank anywhere in the world. This DVD tracks the final months of the project as engineers race against time to restore the tank's 60-year-old Maybach engine to running order for Bovington Museum's Tankfest show. The DVD also contains fascinating historical insight into the development of the Tiger and its impact on the battlefield. Also unique WW2 footage of Tigers in action plus interviews with veterans who fought against them.

Main feature: 47mins. Extras: 21mins.
Available in PAL only. For NTSC please email info@wideangle.co.uk


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THE WIDOWMAKERS

Throughout aviation history there have been planes that killed more of the pilots who flew them than were ever shot down by the enemy. These were the 'Widowmakers', loathed and feared by the unfortunate pilots who had to
fly them.


Yet these were not experimental aircraft or prototypes, but planes that had been commissioned by governments and the military, designed and built to the most exacting specifications, been subjected to rigorous test flights - and finally passed for operational service.

Sometimes they were essentially good planes that were either too challenging - or too complex - for ordinary pilots to master. But sometimes they were simply downright bad planes, with inherent faults that could reveal themselves without warning. And quite often, these faults were known to the politicians and senior officers who passed them as fit for service.
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'WHO KILLED
MICHAEL WITTMANN?'


Michael Wittmann was Germany's top-scoring tank ace in World War Two, decorated many times over for his outstanding tactical sense and courage in battle. He was finally killed during the battle for Normandy, in circumstances that have remained controversial. In his final action, he led an attack of five Tiger Tanks against overwhelming Allied forces during which three of the Tigers, including his own, were knocked out. The man most credited with the this exploit was Trooper Jo Ekins, of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry in a Sherman Firefly. But there are counter-claims from Canadian and Polish forces in the area. This documentary examines the battlefield in detail, comparing the claims and counter-claims, and covers the history of a remarkable tank commander.
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