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GTB: The Battle of France.

The latest GTB installment from the History Channel. Gets the part about Guderian's concentrating tanks correct. Five Char B's vs. 30 Mk III's makes the point well, it's like Tigers at Kursk, surrounded by T-34's. Also, explains the futility of French one-man turrets requiring the tank commander to also operate the gun. And, how about a French RECONNAISSANCE tank platoon with NO radios. Really!!? That's the kind of simple contrast where German battle experience in Spain, and German military theory and planning show through. The focus on individual tanks in battle tends to make the German 37mm Mk. III seem like Panthers in Normandy (I suppose it was like that in 1940). The best part is hearing from actual French tankers, their perspective is seldom told. The worst part is GTB relies too much on CGI, (and it's not as good CGI as, say, Call of Duty). Methinks it takes a modern video game perspective to create a series about tank battles that never shows any actual tanks.

Worth watching for HotB fans. Oh, and World at War has a pretty good episode dedicated to the Battle of France currently airing.
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Just read Hitler's Armies http://www.amazon.com/Hitlers-Armies-history-Military-ebook/..., great value on Kindle and has some real interesting insights into the period.
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This is a great series. I didn't know a new season had started and have now set the DVR for it. I watched the WW1 episode. Pretty interesting, especially from the tactical standpoint, in that neither side knew how to employ the tanks in a tank vs. tank situation. And, man, what ugly machines they were back then.
 
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Also new for this season is GTB: Korea. Has some good Easy 8 Sherman vs T-34/85 action.
 
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