My documentaries on the tank heroes of World War II


Hello and happy New Year.

I recently made some documentaries about the experiences of British tank crews during World War II and in particular a group of men who fought all the way through that terrible conflict - the "tankies" from The Fifth Royal Tank Regiment, also known as the Filthy Fifth.

The first episode aired on Sunday 6 January, but if you are based here in the UK you can still watch it on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here.

The second part will be broadcast on Sunday 13 January 2013 at 9pm on BBC Two.

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    Comment number 4.

    My Father served in the 5 RTR, unfortunately he passed away in April 2010. I live in Canada and tried to watch episode one on line and we cannot get access.My mother missed episode one that aired on January 6th, although she will be able to catch episode 2 on Jan 15th. I am wondering if episode one and two will be repeated so my Mother can watch it......

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    Comment number 3.

    Looking at any History or Military channel doco on the war or tanks, that any person volunteered to get in one of the Allied versions on a 'but at least we have more production capacity basis' against a Tiger was beyond brave.

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    Comment number 2.

    When I was a boy a couple of men who had fought in tanks in the North African campaigns worked for my father. Typically they did not say much about it but when pressed they both agreed that I should never ever get into a tank. One of them, who had been captured at one stage, said that the Germans had a nickname for British tanks "Tommy Cookers".

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    Comment number 1.

    Being Canadian, I clicked and got this message:
    "Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only, but all BBC iPlayer Radio programmes are available to you. Why?
    If you are in the UK and see this message please read this advice.
    Go to the BBC iPlayer Radio homepage."
    Appears I am shut out. Maybe someday, someway, I can watch these documentaries (I hope.).


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