General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million for Buffalo Vehicle Upgrades

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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command awarded General Dynamics Land Systems a $22.7 million contract for updates and revisions to all logistic requirements and data in support of the Buffalo A2 M1272 vehicle. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

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DVD Review – Blitzkrieg, Lightning War

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This DVD complies war-time footage shot by German and Allied cameramen. Casualties amongst the cameramen was high. It is primary source material telling the story of the German combined arms concepts that delivered lightning war in the prelude to WWII and from 1939.

This powerful film presents a stunning picture of the Lightning War from the invasion of Poland to the defeat of France.

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DVD Review – Hitler’s War Machine, The Russian Front, 1941-1944

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This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1941 records the battles on the Finnish Front. Historians have treated this theatre as a side show but the spirited Finnish defence against huge Red Army forces continued to occupy Soviet resources that could have been better placed in the drive towards Berlin.

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DVD Review – Hitler’s War Machine, The Finnish Front, 1941-1944

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This volume featuring translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1941 records the battles on the Finnish Front. Historians have treated this theatre as a side show but the spirited Finnish defence against huge Red Army forces continued to occupy Soviet resources that could have been better placed in the drive towards Berlin.

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Yet another polished documentary from the BHTV Team. For those viewers new to BHTV military history DVDs, first glance at the jacket leaves the feeling that the presenters are a cast of thousands. This is the reason BHTV produces excellent presentations and the style is unique. The presenters are a band of historians, ex-soldiers, enthusiasts and battlefield guides. They know their subjects intimately and they have great enthusiasm for the subjects of the DVD. Having ex-soldiers in the team means that there is an eye for terrain which determines the outcome of most land battles. Adding into the presentation enactment groups, who are enthusiasts spending much of their spare time researching their uniforms and equipment and learning the stories behind the battles they re-enact, add a further valuable dimension, colour and movement. The elements of a BHTV presentation combine to produce not only a program of great authenticity, but a level of excitement that is entirely natural, deriving from the real events, and in great contrast to many television documentaries where the presenter has little knowledge or enthusiasm for the events, where artificial excitement is injected to keep things moving and getting in the way of the real story.

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