||The revolutionary Abrams tank
is the subject of this film documentary that covers its development
and ultimate trial-by-combat in Desert Storm of 1991. The above
3AD Abrams M1A1 is of 4th Bn, 32d Armor, during the war. The
4/32 was then commanded by now Col. John F. Kalb (ret.), whose
comments in a 2005 interview are included in the film. (Photo
by Kim Wortham of 3AD PAO).
FROM THE HISTORY CHANNEL
"Man, Moment, Machine" film series:
"Stormin' Norman and
the Abrams Tank"
Including commentary by
Lt. Gen. Paul "Butch" Funk (U.S. Army ret.)
3AD Commander in the Gulf War
||Released in the fall of 2005, this documentary
will be appearing on the History Channel several times a year
for many years to come. Check monthly listings on HistoryChannel.Com.
Gen. Paul Funk (ret.) appears in eleven separate clips commenting
during a 2005 filmed interview. Among the seven other Army Gulf
War veterans commenting in the film were Gen. Ron Griffith (ret.),
CG of the 1AD, and Col. John F. Kalb (ret.), commander of 4th
Bn, 32d Armor, 3AD. The film includes an excellent (and understandably
abridged) summary of the actions of the U.S. VII Corps and XVIII
Corps, as well as a basic introduction in operating and firing
the 67-ton Abrams M1A1. There is also focus on comparisons of
the M1A1 with Iraqi's formidable Soviet-made T-72 tank (125mm).
AVAILABLE ON DVD
||The History Channel website's promotional
"The Date: 1991. The Mission: Drive Saddam Hussein's army
and elite Republican Guard from Kuwait. The Man: U.S. 4-star
General Norman Schwarzkopf. The Machine of Choice: the M1A1 "Abrams"
tank, firing what the gunners call "the silver bullet".
Saddam predicts it will be the "Mother of all Battles,"
but Schwarzkopf knows he can beat the Republican Guard with the
"Mother-of-all-Tanks" -- the most technologically advanced
tank in the history of warfare. Inside the tank, host Hunter
Ellis demonstrates how what they call "Sabot" rounds
can be loaded and fired in three seconds. Just one of these "silver
bullets" can penetrate an Iraqi tank and completely destroy
it. In just 100 hours of battle, Schwarzkopf drives the Iraqis
from Kuwait and shatters Saddam's army."