Armored Attack! US Tanks in Action in World War 2 DVD contains three armor and tank films from WWII. In addition, two tank technical manuals are included on the DVD as .pdf files.
Film #1 - The 10th Armored Division in World War 2: Tigers on the Loose. (1960, B&W, 55:00) Documentary -- Archival footage and interviews.The 10th Armored Division served with distinction with George Patton's Third Army from the Fall of 1944 through the final defeat of the German Army in May 1945. This thorough documentary, prepared by the US Army's Pictorial Center after the war, combines excellent archival film footage, comprehensive maps, and in depth interviews with key personnel from Commanding General William H.H. Morris down the chain of command to front line NCOs. The 10th entered the fierce fighting in France near the Fortress of Metz in November. In December they hurried North to counter the German thrust in the Battle of the Bulge, covering Third Armies right flank. The 10th's Combat Command B was one of the units surrounded with the 101st Airborne in defense of the critical road junction of Bastogne. 101st Commander General Anthony McAuliffe pays tribute to the pivotal (and under reported) contribution of 10th CCB in the defense of Bastogne and you'll hear an account of the action from CCB Commander, Col. William L. Roberts. After Bastogne 10th Armored played a key roll in pushing German forces back and then driving across the Siegfried line and into the heavily fortified city of Trier. Excellent combat footage and first hand accounts of fierce house to house fighting. The 10th fought it's way across Germany in a series of tough engagements against die hard opposition, thrusting its way to Innsbruck, Austria by VE Day.
Film #2 - Tank Destroyer Boot Camp in Color (1943,Color,24:00) This unique color documentary gives a rare look inside "Camp" Hood's tank destroyer troop training school in 1943. Includes up close looks at M10 tank destroyers and camp facilities. Highlights include target practice using field guns and M10s against moving targets, field maneuvers against tanks, live fire exercises, armored infantry assaults and bazooka training.
Film #3 - Operating Light and Medium Tanks (1942, B&W,20:00) Features M5 "Stuart" light and M3 "Lee" medium tanks inside and out in a variety of situations. You'll learn about engines, instruments, fuel systems, starting, gear shifting, turning, breaking, general driving instruction, track maintenance and more. You'll also learn the advantages and disadvantages of each type of tank in the field and the roles of different crew members.
The DVD is in NTSC format and region-free. Total runtime is about 99 minutes. THe DVD is packaged in a plain clear plastic C-Shell DVD case without paper graphics.
The two armor and tank technical manuals are:
TM 9-1729A Technical Manual for Light Tanks M5 ("Stuart"), M5A1, and M24 ("Chaffee"), 75mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 and Twin Motor Carriage 40-mm Gun M19:
Engines, Cooling Systems and Fuel Systems. 150 pages in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format.
M4 "Sherman" M4A3 Medium Tank Technical manual 64 pages in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format. Includes technical data, operating instructions, engines and more.
The manuals can be viewed on any computer with a DVD drive and the free Adobe Reader software.