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BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« on: July 15, 2017, 08:52:06 PM »
People may be interested in a repeat of a programme about WW1 British tank crews this week on BBC 4 at 7.30 pm on Wednesday.

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 09:17:18 PM »
Many thanks, Simon - I'll look out for that one!

Presumably you'll be posting some pictures of your 12mm WW1 armies for Square Bashing shortly too? :)

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 08:38:42 AM »
Thanks for the info.

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 11:19:13 AM »
I'll kook out for the program.

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 10:15:13 PM »
Many thanks, Simon - I'll look out for that one!

Presumably you'll be posting some pictures of your 12mm WW1 armies for Square Bashing shortly too? :)

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Will do so soon!  Just finishing making a ruined village with cork tiles!

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 06:50:36 PM »
Ummmm - well I thought the programme was a bit disappointing.   Not sure why the two tank officers featured in the programme were wearing lance corporal stripes and carrying Lee Enfield rifles in the re-enactments!  I also suspect that the colonel had 2nd Lt's pips.

I appreciate that the programme was meant to be about the individuals but there was really any detail or depth about them.  A few more maps and photos of the battlefield as was in 1916 would have been more useful than the lovely rural scenes as they are now.

Nice pictures of the hardware in action though!

Anyone else watch it?

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 07:38:06 PM »
Simon,

Yes, I did thanks. And had some similar thoughts!

Could the arm stripe on the older chap have been a (maybe misplaced) wound stripe? It would be strange if, having  gone to Winchester College, they both ended up as squaddies in those very class-conscious times. Rifles strange too, particular when the younger chap was later a tankie (I think all ranks were issued revolvers?).

There was also a slightly strange mix of tin hats and cloth caps: even one German guy in his trench had a cloth cap on when facing the tank.

As you say, some nice coverage of the Mark IV male (I think?) replica in action, even if it stood in as Mother in one of the scenes (and 2 different assaulting tanks in another).

One thing I'd not seen before was the ridge tent frame-like structure on top of some of the tanks in the black and white photos - not quite sure what those were for (surely not an anti-grenade screen?).

Still, some interesting history and shots of present-day trench lines in the woods: thank you for pointing it out to us here.

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 08:19:56 PM »
Think they were anti grenade.  Possible they could be dismounted when on a camping holiday?

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2017, 09:10:29 PM »
Maybe handy for drying washing too?

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Re: BBC4 programme about WW1 tanks
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 08:15:33 PM »
I think you will find that it was anti-rodent netting to prevent attacks by a top secret German weapon - Monty Python-like killer rabbits known as Sturmhase.

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