From Pen & Sword Military/ Pen & Sword Digital and BHTV
Presented by Tom Dorner, Richard Hone, Andrew Duff, Tim Saunders and Dr. Steve Weiss
Distributed by Pen & Sword Digital
Copywrite – Pen & Sword Digital and BHTV 2013
Runtime: 90 minutes
From Pen & Sword Digital and BHTV comes the first DVD in a brand new series called Battle of the Bulge. This new DVD, Panzer Marche – The Dash for Bastogne is the beginning of a series of videos overlooking all of the information circling one of the more enigmatic battles of the Second World War; The Battle of the Bulge.
Seventy years ago a massive offensive was set into motion after months of planning by the Germany Army. A tremendous amount of men, materials and equipment were being positioned just over the border in Germany which would lead to one of the greatest battles of WWII. The location was the Ardennes, and area straddling the borders of Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. The entire German force for the offensive would be brought together into position under the cover of darkness and for the most part hidden from the Allies.
The Allies would be caught completely off guard from this offensive setting in motion several events that would lead to The Battle of the Bulge. This first DVD, Panzer Marche covers the outset of the Battle and centralizing on the Dash for Bastogne. As part of the first stage of the offensive Hitler and his commanders believed it was crucial to gain control over Bastogne and its vital supply routes of no less than seven major roads needed for the operation to succeed.
In this 90 minute DVD several acclaimed historians, Tom Dorner, Richard Hone, Andrew Duff, Tim Saunders and Dr. Steve Weiss, all discuss the events surrounding this first clash of the battle and the Dash for Bastogne. The narrators cover the Nazi buildup of arms and the inevitable crossing of the border. With great detail each step of the events of the attempted seize of Bastogne is talked about with the aid of archival footage, reenactments, on-scene narrations and cartographic analysis of the men, area, armor and tactics of this pivotal first blow of the battle. The DVD is filled with an amazing amount of information covering both sides of the battlefield leaving off with the Germans closing in on the roads to Bastogne and the much needed arrival of the 101st Airborne and the 10th Armored to prevent the advancing German Army from their objectives allowing sufficient time for reinforcement from Patton’s 4th.
I felt that Battle of the Bulge: Panzer Marche – The Dash for Bastogne DVD from Pen & Sword Digital and BHTV is a comprehensive and revealing look into the early stages of the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. The historical narration by Tom Dorner, Richard Hone, Andrew Duff, Tim Saunders and Dr. Steve Weiss is captivating; however there was a couple spots in the runtime where two and three seconds of drowning out of the sound due to onsite microphones during the recoding of the narration, but this does not pull too much from the content of the video. I am looking forward to seeing more from the Battle of the Bulge Series of DVD’s in the future and I would highly recommend the Panzer Marche – The Dash for Bastogne DVD to anyone interested in the historical facts surrounding WWII subjects and more specifically the Battle of the Bulge.