Curator's Tank Museum Tour: Tank Story Hall – Blitzkrieg WW2 | The Tank Museum

Curator's Tank Museum Tour: Tank Story Hall - Blitzkrieg WW2 | The Tank Museum

Join Curator David Willey as he takes you on a tour of The Tank Museum’s Tank Story Hall, which houses over 30 key vehicles from Little Willie to Challenger 2. In this section he looks at early Second World War vehicles and gives you a potted history of the Blitzkrieg.
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  1. Hmmm….the title of this post is very misleading. It's not A Curator's Tour of The Tank Museum displaying over 30 tanks. It's the Curator Standing in front of an Untidy Bookshelf and Talking For Over Half an Hour.

  2. The more I learn about the Second World War the more you realize how different it could have all turned out, the odd battle here and there decided the outcome of the whole war, very interesting talk,thank you.

  3. There seems to be an aspect of the "Frankreichfeldzug" that is overlooked:
    The way the French led their Army.
    It seems (because some officers did not "take the initiative" but rather were searching for a superior to allow them to attack the Germans)
    that the French were using what i would call "Order and Execution".
    I imagine that the Units at the front relayed their observations to Paris, Paris then decided what to do and relayed the orders back to the Unit.
    The Problem with this is not only, as you have pointed out, that a Change in command could lead to Problems.
    It also is that this sort of System depends on functioning communication.
    when capiteine Charles Poilu observed the Germans doing something he would probably contact the next command post wich would relay the Information up etc.

    No what happens when that command post is evacuated?
    For example because a certain Erwin R. has attacked and the officers in that command post panicked?
    does capiteine Charles Poilu know whom to contact? where he could reach the next link in the chain of command?
    If not the entire area under the Control of said command post seizes to function. And all Information from that area to the central command is lost.
    It seems from the Storys we hear About the French side of this Operation that a loss of Information is exactly what happened.
    if the central command does not have Information, it cannot decide what to do, and it cannot give any effective orders.

    my hypothesis would be that Rommels initial attack(wich i would classify as a "Leroy Jenkins"² -move) accidentally made one or more commandpost(s) to evacuate.
    This caused an area of the front to be disconnected wich meant that the planned german attack, when it came, cut through a paralysed area in the Frontline.
    The ease with wich the german advanced probably caused General Panic in the command structure so enough other command Posts evacuated to effectively Paralyse most of the French army.
    The fact that Rommels initial attack was not effectively opposed seems to Point in this direction.

    What does the Historian think About this idea?

    ²Leroy Jenkins came to questionable fame when he, playing a MMORPG, instead of waiting for his Team to be Ready, stormed the Dungeon, in wich the Mighty Dragon was waiting, shouting "LEEEROOOOY JENKINS" . Although his Team would follow with Little delay the result was forseeable.

  4. I appreciate how David always says 'we' as in 'we hope you enjoyed this video'. It's never 'me', 'I' or 'myself'. He always acknowleges the team he'a part of. A wonderful gentleman whom I hope to meet one day.

  5. It takes two to tango.
    There was 4 chances to stop the Germans that were coming through the Ardennes. Both the British and the French scewed up royally.

    1. The French knew the Germans were coming and failed to try to bottle them up. In fact they moved away troops to avoid this.
    2. They forbade the French Air Force to bomb the sitting ducks. And the idiots in the air force complied.
    3. The French AF asked the RAF to bomb the sitting ducks which they failed to do. They could not even set fire to the wood and destroy the supplies. And they failed to understand that 100% loss were acceptable.
    4. The French were in the process of attacking to separate the German armour from the infantry. The French CiC helped the Germans by delaying the attack by two days. The Germans saw utter disaster looming and was saved by a miracle.

    The Germans did well because they were faced with utter incompetence.

  6. I have read that one of the major reasons the German General Staff protested Poland, then the following Western Front, and more strongly over Barbarossa was that they didn't have enough trucks. I think Albert Speer wrote in that book from his Spandau imprisonment that all through the war 3% of support for even the Panzer units was horse drawn.

  7. I would be interested to see when you are going to restore and get the A13 mk2 up and running especially with that fantastic sounding Liberty 12 engine. Can you enlighten when this may happen in a question and answer video.

  8. i order to undermine der Fuhrer and his military prowess, this guy actually said that Hitler denied Army from waging war, i.e. der Fuhrer actually wanted to avoid war; well we know that but the reason that you are giving is wrong.

  9. i am apologizing since English is not my native.enjoyed this video and i am wandering what part of G.Britain his accent came my country tv series Only fools and horses is stiil popular and finding some similarities,although Willie prounancing every sounds perfectly clear and have no problem to understand him.once more apologizing for this ugly English

  10. More talks like this please. I know most of this but some things in this talk brought new light into some things. Thank you very much.

  11. The Arras attack without doubt bought the BEF essential breathing space to allow the Dunkirk perimeter to be established and eventually Dynamo to be activated. A worthy sacrifice among many sacrifices. The importance of French efforts in the defence of the Dunkirk perimeter cannot be under estimated either. It's a shame that these efforts were not sufficient to keep the BEF in France, but sadly the time was wrong. The lack of Political resolve resulted in poor doctrine.

  12. David Willey, he's the best. I'm thinking I could listen to him for hours, then I realized, I have listened to him for hours and that is why I support The Tank Museum on Patreon. Thanks.

  13. Their tanks were pretty good for the most part besides some of the reliability and transmission problems of the later war big cats. They simply were not able to build enough to match the numbers of tanks the rest of the world was able to pump out. All things considered, they did damn good with their ultimately ABYSMAL hand they were dealt, lasting far longer than they had any right to.